Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm
The display of the 2012 crime data against only the 2011 as a baseline is not at all helpful. The PA Police/FBI have data going back twenty years—showing definite trends that are quite different that those suggested by comparison of only two years of data.
The Police web-site, not yet updated with the most current data, provides a more reasonable five-year review of criminal activity in Palo Alto--
What’s interesting is that the data in this Weekly article is not characterized in the same way as the FBI Part I Crime Data on the police web-site. Arson is not provided in this report, whereas it is listed on the Part I reports. The crimes of “elder abuse”, “child abuse” and “financial crimes” are not list on the police web-site, so we don’t have ready access to previous year’s data.
The totals for the comparable data leave us with Part I crimes in Palo Alto for 2012 at/about 1479, which is 150 more than 2011. The main difference between 2011 and 2012, as anyone reading the papers knows, is an increase in property-related crimes (burglaries, mostly).
There is much data missing from this report, however. The most obvious missing data point is the “closure rates” for each of these crime categories. It would be surprising if the Palo Alto Police were able to close 15% of these cases. Unfortunately, this police department, and the City Council, have never shown much interest in revealing this data to the public. So, we tare left with just a peek at how much crime going on in our town, or how much of it has been dealt with effectively by the police.
Review of the Part I crime data over a twenty-year period indicates that there has been more-or-less a 30% reduction in crime in all categories, save homicides/rapes--which are generally very small in mumber, compared to other crime types.
Posted by Duh, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm
No kidding burglaries are up. Several of my neighbors have been burglarized since 2010, one of them twice. We have a large dog, which I think is the only reason we have remained untouched, other than some minor vandalism.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2013 at 12:03 am
38 arrests for residential burglary. Seems like one could burglarize, I don't know, maybe 5 or 10 homes before getting caught? So maybe the 38 arrests are a significant number of the perpetrators.
Stemming the auto break-ins looks pretty hopeless. I'll bet most of those car doors/windows are locked, as I would bet for the burglarized houses. Many older house locks are not difficult to pick, but I'll guess most are just pried open.
Yes, I can only guess. Maybe we'll get some definitive follow up answers here.
I do see plenty of graffiti, but can't differentiate personal tags from gang tags. Most of it is cleaned up pretty quickly, except for all the signatures scratched into windows along University. And how did the front door of the Apple Store get shattered?