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Santa Barbara police receive significantly fewer calls in March

Santa Barbara Police Department SBPD
Scott Sheahen / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Police are getting fewer calls for help in Santa Barbara. 

Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Anthony Wagner said orders for people to stay at home and fewer people moving around has helped with the drop in calls. 

Wagner said, “We’re down approximately 24% in those calls for service."

That number translates to more than 800 less calls this month compared to March 2019.

“The fact that people aren’t interacting with one another in a regular fashion means that there’s less conflict, hence there is less of a reason to call 9-1-1 or the ten-digit non-emergency line,” said Wagner

SBPD cars are still expected to drive the streets of Santa Barbara. Wagner said the department’s posture is visibility to reassure the community they are still there and to dissuade any future crime at businesses closed due to the health emergency. 

Wagner added, if there is an emergency, SBPD will work with Santa Barbara Fire and American Medical Response to triage emergency calls to get aid to those who need them.


Scott Sheahen

Scott Sheahen is a reporter at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.