Crime levels vary widely by neighborhood in Sacramento, and this is reflected in crime stats for the city's eight City Council districts. The variations have become an issue in the mayoral race.
Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents North Natomas, is running for mayor against former councilman and state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Ashby has said during candidate forums that crime decreased almost 50 percent in her district during her first term in office. She acknowledged this week that her statement relied on bad data provided by police that failed to take into account the 2011 redrawing of council districts.
Violent crime rose 17 percent in her district between 2012 and 2015, according to police data provided this week to The Bee. Property crime fell by a small amount.
The highest violent crime rate in the city last year was in North Sacramento's Council District 2, represented by Allen Warren. The second- and third-highest violent crime rates, respectively, were in District 8, represented by Larry Carr, which includes Meadowview; and District 5, represented by Jay Schenirer, which includes Oak Park and Curtis Park. All three districts have a relatively high amount of poverty.
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The lowest violent crime rates were in Ashby's District 1 and Rick Jennings' District 7, which includes the Pocket neighborhood. Poverty is relatively low in both areas.
The highest property crime rate in the city was in District 4 near downtown and Land Park, which is represented by Steve Hansen. Jennings' District 7 had the lowest property crime rate.
The amount of crime happening in all eight City Council districts is in flux. Last year, violent crime rose quickly across the city, but especially fast in District 8, District 2 and District 6 near Power Inn Road, represented by Eric Guerra. All three of those seats are up for election this year, as is District 4, where violent crime increased more slowly.
Use this map to see crime trends by City Council district. Click on a district to see details.
Source: Sacramento Police Department. Crime statistics are based on a custom data run by the police department, and are approximate. They are the same statistics shared regularly with city council members.