Police: Crime rate is down, other public safety concerns remain

Posted at 4:03 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 07:03:05-04

San Luis Obispo city leaders have released new statistics that show crime is going down, however police say they are still dealing with plenty of other public safety issues. 

Police say the number of reported crimes dropped by 13 percent from 2016 to 2017. 

Most types of violent crimes or other major crimes stayed the same or declined.

Meanwhile, police chief Deanna Cantrell says the number of mental health related calls for police service has increased by 28 percent. 

This recent study shows the majority of crimes San Luis Obispo city police deal with relate to alcohol offenses, drugs, trespassing, battery and vandalism. 

Chief Cantrell has proposed a variety of ideas aimed at reducing crime even more, including more community outreach and increased enforcement.