I am pleased to report some good news regarding crime in Rohnert Park. Overall, Part 1 Crimes such as burglary and larceny decreased by 6 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.
Violent crimes such as homicide, forceable rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, a portion of the category called Part 1 Crimes, were up 5 percent. The largest increase of 100 percent was in homicide (in 2019 there were 0 and 2020 we encountered 1). Non-violent serious crimes were down 10 percent, including a 2 percent decline in burglary and a 16 percent decline in larceny. Motor vehicle thefts crimes increased by 77 incidents over prior year totals - a 32 percent increase.
In our less serious, Part 2 Crimes, comparisons to 2019 numbers would be inaccurate due to crime classification coding in the new records management system; therefore, they have been omitted. Next year’s report will include the prior year’s Part II data.
We had a total of 440 cases of drug narcotics and equipment. We saw 146 cases of DUIs as we continued to devote resources to DUI enforcement. Stolen property had a total of 74 cases. For details on our crime statistics, please visit the Public Safety section of the city’s webpage, www.rpcity.org.
The amount of crime in a community is a reflection of many factors. While our dedicated Public Safety staff deserve much of the credit, the city can’t do it alone. We value the partnership we have with our residents as the ‘eyes and ears’ for safety. We encourage you to take precautions with your homes and vehicles. Call 911 whenever you see questionable activity. We sometimes hear of residents who see something suspicious but don’t want to bother us – that’s what we’re here for. So please do not hesitate to call if you’re thinking about it.
In Rohnert Park, we pride ourselves on community-oriented policing. Last year we launched ‘Chat with the Chief’ Facebook Live events. The chief discusses topics impacting our community such as street parking of trailers and RVs, new laws, traffic safety and much more.
Visit the Rohnert Park Police and Fire Facebook page to look for future live events. Additionally, subscribing to Nixle, our texting service, will keep you informed on important public safety information. You can register at www.nixle.com.