A severe spike in aggravated assaults resulted in an increase in violent crimes for Elk Grove in 2008, the FBI reported Monday. Nationwide, violent crime was down 2.5 percent from 2007 figures, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report.
Even as violent crime dropped throughout much of the region, the numbers suggest that Elk Grove was consumed by a crime wave that managed to skip most large U.S. cities, experiencing a 50 percent increase in aggravated assaults. According to Elk Grove Police, a large percentage of the aggravated assaults are related to domestic violence situations involving family members.
Regarding the sharp increase Elk Grove Police Officer Christopher Trim made the following statement:
In order to determine why there has been an increase in the number of assaults, we need at least two years worth of statistical data to review. A one-year blip does not make a pattern or trend. There are many different factors that shape crime in each city and at this point, it is too early to pinpoint the reason for the increase.
All told, Elk Grove saw more than one assault per day during the last year, with domestic violence accounting for many of the attacks.
The Sacramento Bee has posted an interactive map of Elk Grove assaults from March 2008 to March 2009 HERE.