The overall crime rate in Carson has dramatically declined over the past year, according to a report issued by the Carson Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In a report to the Mayor and City Council, Carson Station Captain Jason Skeen noted that crimes have gone down in Carson representing the lowest crime rate in the last 25 to 30 years. “We had 2,418 crimes in 2018 which is our lowest Part I crime total in at least the last two decades. The challenge in 2019 will be to maintain these numbers and in trying to improve them. We can never rest on our collective accomplishments and I believe we can still do better.”

Skeen attributed the encouraging statistics to the success of various strategies enforced by the Carson Station—namely suppression, intervention and prevention—and a strong partnership with the city of Carson, its residents and businesses.

Carson Mayor Albert Robles echoed the same sentiment that the strong partnership between the City of Carson and the Carson Sheriff Station, coupled with programs like “Safety First, Act Now” (SFAN) and Community Block Watch are the answer to the decline in overall crime rate.

But “one crime in the city is still one crime too many,” Robles said in underscoring the need for continued community partnership. “We have the finest law enforcement in the country. We want Carson to be a city where all individuals, whether residents, workers, or visitors feel safe, welcomed and secure in knowing that they are being protected by the finest law enforcement agency in the world.”

SFAN and the Block Watch program are joint projects with the Carson Sheriff’s Station that started in 2014 and respectively which allows information about community safety to be collected directly from Carson residents to allow the City and the Carson Sheriff Station to assess and address the safety of the particular neighborhood/community and allow residents to express their views on public safety concerns and make suggestions.