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Burglaries on the rise in SCV this past year

Posted: January 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Final crime numbers for 2013 won’t be available until later this year, but one Part I crime showed a marked increase in the Santa Clarita Valley in late-year reports: burglaries.

The burglary rate was up 16.53 percent between Dec. 1, 2012, and Dec. 1 last year, by far the highest increase among the eight serious crimes for which the FBI collects data: homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. No other Santa Clarita Valley crime category showed the sharp increase of burglary, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.

The crime with the second-most increase in the same time period was larceny theft, which jumped 8.3 percent.

The overwhelming number of burglary reports filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station during the recent December-to-December time period were for bicycles stolen out of open garages in broad daylight, Deputy Josh Dubin said in an interview.

“The No. 1 time that burglaries are happening is between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Dubin said. “That’s our prime time.”

The crimes usually happen like this, he said: the culprit is walking or driving in a neighborhood and sees a house with its garage open and a nice bike inside. That individual then walks up, takes the bicycle and leaves the scene – as simple as that.

“Many of our crimes in Santa Clarita are crimes of opportunity,” Dubin said.

The rise in Santa Clarita Valley burglaries appears to be a valley-wide issue; no specific zone or neighborhood stood out in the crime reports.

The Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit and its zone system - whereby sections of the valley are divided into specific areas, each with its own zone leader – have been focused on the burglary problem and has seen some success, Dubin said.

For example, Zone 8, which takes in east Canyon Country, saw an increase in garage burglaries and immediately put more deputies into the area to talk to residents and advise them to shut and lock their garage doors.

“And it worked,” he said. “The numbers right in that zone immediately dropped. ... All it takes is a friendly reminder.”

Final crime numbers for the entire 2013 calendar year are expected to be released in February or March.

Ryan@SignalSCV.com
661-287-5539

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