Crime is on the rise in California's state parks, up nearly three-fold in the last decade, according to Department of Parks and Recreation data analyzed by The Sacramento Bee.
Last year, 62,575 crimes were reported in the parks - or about 170 a day, compared to 65 a day in 1999 - even as crime in the rest of the state declined. Taking park use into account, last year crime reached record per-capita levels.
"It makes us feel vulnerable," said Floyd Oydegaard, owner of Columbia Booksellers, a business inside the Gold Rush-era Columbia State Historic Park near Sonora, which was hit hard last year by thieves and vandals. "It doesn't belong here."
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