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Did burglaries really rise?

Posted: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Regarding The Signal’s Jan. 6 front-page article, “Burglaries on the rise in SCV this past year,” I would like to point out that all is not necessarily as it appears.

The reporting of crimes for any give period of time depends on how many officers are currently on duty. For example, if Santa Clarita had 100 officers in 2012 and 200 officers in 2013, it would be almost a certainty that more crimes would be reported in 2013.

Conversely, if Santa Clarita had 200 officers in 2012 but only 100 in 2013, you can be sure that crimes reported would drop.

So did burglaries really rise? Better check on how they were calculated.



projalice11: Posted: January 17, 2014 9:11 a.m.

"What difference does it make"

Whether their is one burglary or a hundred burglaries, or one hundred officers or 200 officers a burglary is still very disconcerting.

TWgolf: Posted: January 20, 2014 1:34 a.m.

Any theft in this town is charged as burglary. Do you ever see "Petty theft" listed in the arrest report? No. So it is just another classic method of deception by the Sheriff's department.

AlwaysRight: Posted: January 20, 2014 1:48 p.m.

If a burglary is "reported", does that mean called in or investigated/logged by deputies? If its a simple call-in, burglaries are independant of the number of officers on duty...

bobforte: Posted: January 22, 2014 4:10 p.m.

Richard. How dumb. The number of reports taken has nothing to do with how many deputies are deployed.

Anyways, in that same article I published the amount of burglaries which were reported which showed there was no rise.

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