Police Chief Rob Paoletti is disputing statistics used in a recent TIME Magazine article that ranks Redding #5 on a list of cities with spikes in violent crime.
"When you just grab random statistics, like they've done, and this is the third report this place has done on Redding like this, where their statistics are, I think, skewed. And I think they're shaping the stats to have shock value. I don't think that they really represent our community," explained Paoletti.
According to the article, the FBI released data stating Redding’s violent crime rose nearly 54 percent in five years. The statistics span 2007 to 2012.
Paoletti said the opposite is in fact happening.
"Since 2011 it’s actually been going down. The only violent crime statistic that went up last year was robberies,” said Paoletti.
The Chief said the Police Department has seen an increase in shoplifting-related thefts that escalate into physical altercations which then become classified as robberies.
While TIME's article spanned 2007 to 2012, Paoletti showed KRCR News Channel 7 more recent violent crime numbers from 2012 to 2013.
"Aggravated assault is the largest portion of our violent crime. But we went from 2012 having 505 to last year having 388. Rapes went from 66 to 49. And homicides, we stayed level at three. So robbery is the only part of our violent crime that went up and it went up 15 cases. So we're just not seeing a huge spike in violent crime in the way this article is saying," explained Paoletti.
As to the assaults, the Chief says it's usually never a stranger committing the attacks.
"Most of our aggravated assaults are actually known-subject or domestic violence, so we don't have a lot of random street violence that takes place in our community. So I don’t think that generally reflects overall public safety,” said Paoletti.
The Chief will present a review of crime statistics and 2013 crime trends during his town hall meeting next Wednesday at 6pm. The meeting will be held inside the Redding City Council Chambers.