Report: Home burglaries up 52 percent from 2011
Original post made on Jan 21, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 21, 2013, 11:05 AM
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm
No violent crimes in the past two years. How about East Palo Alto??? It amazes me the difference in numbers in two neibohooding cities.
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 yearsshowing 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--
Palo Alto Part I Crime Data:
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.