The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department staff and County representatives joined together to thank the community of Santa Clarita for their contribution to lower crime.

According to the numbers, 2018 marked the lowest on record. The number-one crimes—including homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, and arson—have been reduced by 20 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Santa Clarita Mayor, Marsha McLean led the press event which included comments from the Assistant Sheriff Tim Murakami from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Captain Robert Lewis from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station, and a special video message from Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

“Today we recognize the men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for their successful crime fighting efforts that led to significant reductions in the City’s crime rates for 2018,” McLean said.

The crime stats for 2018 have shown robberies are down 23 percent, burglaries are down more than 13 percent, grand theft autos are down 28 percent and assaults are down nearly 19 percent. Deputies have been impacting crime through special operations, directed patrol tactics, targeted traffic enforcement, specialized deployments, the apprehension of suspects and public education and awareness efforts.

“To the deputies from our Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, I speak for all of us here today when I say – from the bottom of my heart, congratulations and thank you,” McLean added.