Data Tracker

Where's the party? See where Sacramento residents complain about noise

By Phillip Reese -

A collection of beer for sale at a Sacramento store in February.
A collection of beer for sale at a Sacramento store in February.

Sacramento residents like to throw parties. Sometimes the parties get loud - so loud that someone calls the cops.

Since January 2014, Sacramento police dispatchers have logged more than 13,000 calls for service related to noise. While there are all sorts of noises that can cause neighbors to complain - some fool mowing the lawn at 3 a.m. - parties are among the chief culprits.

Calls related to noise were most concentrated in the areas around Del Paso Boulevard; Midtown; Oak Park; Valley Hi and the Regency Park neighborhood of Natomas. Noise complaints were least common in neighborhoods including the Pocket; South Land Park and East Sacramento.

This map shows calls for service logged as "disturbance - noise" by police dispatchers from Jan. 2014 to March 2016. It is broken down by police grid. Click a grid for details.


A few fun facts about calls for service related to noise in Sacramento:

  • Most of the calls happen on Saturday or Sunday
  • Two thirds of the calls happen between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • More than 99 percent of the calls do not result in police writing an official report

Source: Sacramento Police Department Dispatch Data Extracts |

Notes: Multiple neighbors can make calls about a single incident, so there is some double counting in this map. Police sometimes notice a noisy party on patrol and call it in to dispatch themselves. Police classify family disturbances or shots fired separately from noise complaints. Hat tip to Kaylin Walker in Fargo, who did something like this on her site.

To request a police response to noise problems in the city of Sacramento, call the non-emergency dispatch number at (916) 264-5471.

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