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Posted October 03, 2018 12:32:55 The Sacramento Police Department’s traffic cameras are seeing an uptick in sex crimes.
A new report found that nearly 1,000 sex crimes were reported to the cameras in Sacramento during the first five months of 2018.
Sacramento Police Chief Greg Smith said the cameras have been a lifesaver for people and businesses in the city, which has a high crime rate.
Smith said that a small percentage of the sex crimes committed in Sacramento were committed by people who were drunk, high on drugs or otherwise incapacitated.
“We’re not going to have a crime problem in Sacramento if there’s not a problem, but I think it’s important to know what’s happening and what the demographics of our city are,” Smith said.
“It’s really important to have these cameras to see what’s going on.”
Smith said the department is currently conducting a review of its program.
He said the review will determine if the cameras are a good fit for Sacramento, and whether they are appropriate for other cities.
Sacramento police said that they have found that traffic cameras do a great job of catching sexual assault, and they are able to identify offenders who may have violated other city ordinances.
In January, the city passed an ordinance that requires police to issue citations for offenses committed in the presence of a camera.