Placer rates as one of the safest places to live in CA

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Placer County remains one of the safest places to live in California, according to law enforcement officials.

Gold Country Media looked into how different communities stack up within the southern part of the county, using data from, Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Roseville Police Department. These statistics and data run from Nov. 3  through Dec. 3. It should be noted that this data relies heavily on reported agencies cooperating on the website.

The total amount of crimes reported here is from the communities of Loomis, Granite Bay Penryn, Newcastle, Rocklin, Auburn and Roseville in the one-month period.

Below are the findings of the data via with different categories highlighting location differences and crime details.


What crime was most reported in the last month?

Drugs and alcohol hold the top spot for most common form of crime conducted in Placer County with more than 20 percent (59) of the total crimes (287) reported being drug- and alcohol-related, according to Larceny or “theft of personal property” was the second most prevalent, making up more than 18 percent of the total crimes reported at 54 total records. The third spot was DUI (driving under the influence) offenses, which made up nearly 14 percent of the total crimes reported with 39 recorded DUI’s in the last 31 days.


Where was crime the most common in Placer County?

With Roseville being the largest city in Placer County, the most concentrated reports of crimes came from that area. With that said, Roseville remains a relatively-low crime area compared to other cities with more than 120,000 residents, according to law enforcement officials. Auburn also saw a high concentration of crimes, even with the city’s population being relatively close to Rocklin and Lincoln. However, it should be noted that the U.S. Census Bureau considers North Auburn as its own census-designated place, with a population of about 12,000. North Auburn saw the second-highest concentrated area of crime reports.  


Which community saw the lowest crime records?

The Loomis area ranked as the spot that displayed the least amount of crimes. With Loomis’ population being around 6,000 residents, the crime rate would naturally be very low. However, according to cooperating law enforcement agencies, Loomis remains a very low crime area, even with its small population. Rocklin also saw a very low crime report as only 25 crimes were displayed on the map. If you’re a Rocklin resident, this is something to be proud of as the city has a population of nearly 65,000.  


Population does matter in these studies, according to Lt. Andrew Scott, a Placer County Sheriff Office spokesman.

Gold Country Media asked Scott if the findings that North Auburn and Roseville are the highest areas of crime are accurate.

“Not necessarily. Roseville and North Auburn have higher populations and the numbers of crimes do not account for a per capita statistic,” Scott said. “Also, Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Sheriff Office are the only agencies entering data into the CrimeMapping website.”

Scott gave an example to illustrate his point.

“Auburn might have a higher level of crime, but unless you compare their figures to North Auburn, you don’t know what the contrast would be,” Scott said. “Lastly, all crime figures are dependent on agency reporting. An agency that aggressively and proactively addresses crime will have higher numbers of reported crime than a more passive agency.”