Why is this important?
For residents to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods, a low crime rate is essential. A high or increasing crime rate leads to social disintegration, interferes with stability, and inhibits investment and responsible growth.
What is the measure?
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) is a federal reporting system that provides data on crime based on police statistics submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.
Note the seven categories listed under violent crimes (4) and property crimes (3) in the charts provided. These numbers give the most accurate picture of the overall crime level.
How are we doing?
Violent crimes increased 4% over the past four years; property crimes increased 77%.
Compared to state figures, Tuolumne County is below the state average for all categories except burglary and larceny (theft), which are considerably higher. Domestic violence accounted for at least one third of all assault cases.
Generally, law enforcement efforts are concentrated on violent crimes against persons as opposed to property crimes, and Tuolumne County is no exception.