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Annual Crime Stats from the NPD

Our City continually reports declining crime rates year after year--and 2014 was no exception. According to end-of-year crime stats from our NPD:

  • Overall crime was down nearly 5%
  • Violent felonies decreased by 25%
  • Auto & residential burglaries dropped 45% and 32% respectively
  • DUI arrests increased 24%, while DUI-related collisions increased 12%
  • Increases in identity theft by almost 96% and commercial burglaries--which includes shoplifting--increased 25%

Novato continues to experience historically-low crime rates--with more than a 45% drop in total crimes over a 20-year period.

"The decline in crime in our City is due to the diligent, outstanding work by our officers on a daily, 24/7 basis," said Chief James Berg. "We have made substantial progress in the reduction of crime over the past few years and our Department continues to be committed to keeping our community safe through education, enforcement, and working closely with our neighborhoods. I would like to thank our community for their willingness to get involved and keep us informed when they witness crimes--we would not be as successful, nor as safe, if it weren't for our involved community."

Category

2014

2013

Difference

Total Crimes Reported

 

3497

 

3675

 

-4.70%

Total Felonies

1223

1258

-2.78%

Total Misdemeanors

2274

2414

-5.79%

Total Arrests

1696

1740

-2.52%

Violent Felonies (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assaults

 

80

 

107

 

-25.23%

Total Felony Arrests

493

491

+0.40%

Total Misdemeanor Arrests

1203

1249

-3.68%

 

 

 

 

Simple Assaults (misd)

269

303

-11.22%

Auto Burglaries

76

112

-32.14%

Residential Burglaries

69

126

-45.23%

Stolen Vehicle

122

125

-2.45%

DUI Arrests

320

258

+24.03%

Sex Offenses

59

56

+5.35%

 

 Traffic:

 Total Department Citations to Date

YEAR

Speeding

Hazardous Violations

Seatbelt

Cellphone

Parking

2013

1479

2326

492

1191

1320

2014

1792

1749

547

1127

1403

% Change

+21.16%

-24.80%

+11.17%

-5.37%

+6.28%