The latest crime statistical report released by the East Palo Alto Police Department shows that crime in the city has taken a noticeable dip. The report states that the overall crime rate, between January 1 and August 31, 2011, dropped by 6% while assaults with a firearm were down 48%.
In the report, rapes were down 7% and motor vehicle thefts were also down 33%. At the same time, certain crimes in the city went up compared to 2010: the overall robbery rate increased by 9%, burglary by 14% and larceny by 5%. The number of robberies in the city showed the most dramatic increase, going from 4 in August 2010 to 12 in August 2011 (up 200%).
East Palo Alto's homicide figures went up 50%, from four in 2010 to six in 2011, with five murders committed in June and July of this year, during the city's spike in violence.
It is worth noting that last year, the crime statistical report for East Palo Alto showed that the 2010 homicide rate from January 1- August 31, 2010 dropped by 33% (from 6 in 2009 to 4 in 2010) and from January - December 2010, it dropped by 50% (from 8 in 2009 to 4 in 2010).
Last year's decrease in the city’s homicide rate occurred as homicides dropped statewide. This statewide decrease is reflected in the California Department of Justice’s 2010 Crime in California report, which was released on September 9, 2011. The report also showed a significant drop in the overall state crime rate, as well.
The state’s 2010 crime report reflects the period between 2009 and 2010, during which time "the violent crime rate decreased 6.9 percent, reaching its lowest level since 1968, and homicide and forcible rape rates are the lowest since 1966."
Statewide, the statistics show that between 2009 and 2010, property offenses of all kinds, including burglary, theft and forgery were down for the third consecutive year. Crime rates statewide dropped for "robbery (-10 percent) and motor vehicle theft (-7.6 percent)...[with] the motor vehicle theft rate decreas[ing] 62 percent."
The State of California’s annual Crime in California report, which reflects crime rates for 2011, will not be available until next year. But it is suspected that the report might also show certain statewide crime increases. According to East Palo Alto’s Police Chief Ron Davis, one must be careful in comparing the “2010 statewide report to our current 2011 stats: if you talk to most chiefs in the country, they, too, are facing spikes in 2011.”
For more information about the Crime in California report, go to the website for the State of California Department of Justice.
For the newly released crime statistical report for the City of East Palo Alto, see below.