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Overall, Crime Drops in First Half of 2011

The number of assaults reported in San Juan Capistrano between January and June is up, but overall crime is down 55 percent.

Assaults are stacking up, the number of burglaries are dropping.

In the first half of 2011, the number of violent attacks reported in San Juan Capistrano jumped 66 percent—but only by a total of four incidents from the six reported through June in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of break-ins plummeted by 46 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Overall, crime in San Juan Capistrano is trending downward by 55 percent with thefts still reining as the No. 1 reported crime in the small town of 35,000 residents.

"We did have some increases in some areas, but overall crime is down," said sheriff's Lt. John Meyer, who made note of the in June that left dead two would-be robbers.

There were 172 larcenies reported so far this year, ranging from iPods grabbed from inside parked cars to . Generally categorized as crimes of opportunity, Meyer said the best way to keep these types of thefts down is to educate the public.

Nestling into his first year as the top cop in San Juan, said it's difficult to substantiate the small fluctuations in crime statistics. "We can do extra patrols and work really hard and crime could go up—then we'd be scratching our heads," he said.

The extra patrols, however, seem to be working.

Last month deputies started doing more cycling, instead of driving.

Bicycles are easier to maneuver, which means deputies can access small alleys and other byways not reachable via car, Meyer said. Plus, deputies can ride up to people who didn't realize a cop was nearby.

Meyer said he was hesitant to give out details about the bike patrols, but he did say this:

"It's safe to say we are out different days of the week on a consistent basis doing extra patrols," he said. He emphasised, however, that the beefed-up patrols are not directly in response to crime statistics.

"I think it's just a good way of getting the deputies out and hopefully catching a burglar or maybe a thief," he said. "I feel has a lot of value from the standpoint of community-oriented policing ... residents are getting familiar with the officers."

Year

Month

Homicide

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Burglary

Larceny

Auto-Theft

Monthly Total

 

JAN

0

1

2

2

6

29

0

40

 

FEB

0

0

2

2

4

28

3

39

 

MAR

0

1

2

1

6

21

2

33

 

APR

0

0

1

1

3

31

1

37

 

MAY

0

0

2

1

7

29

3

42

 

JUN

0

0

0

3

6

34

3

46

2011

TOTAL

0

2

9

10

32

172

12

237

 

JAN

0

1

0

0

8

32

4

45

 

FEB

0

0

2

2

8

21

3

36

 

MAR

0

1

2

1

9

48

0

61

 

APR

0

0

0

1

15

35

4

55

 

MAY

0

0

3

1

7

28

4

43

 

JUN

0

0

0

1

13

33

5

52

2010

TOTAL

0

2

7

6

60

197

20

292

YTD CHANGE

0

0

2

4

-28

-25

-8

-55

YTD % CHANGE

N/C

0%

28%

66%

-46%

-12%

-40%

-18%

Kim McCarthy July 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Jenna, does this include the crimes at Marco Middle School and San Juan Hills H.S.?
Jenna Chandler July 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM
It includes all crimes reported in San Juan Capistrano ... any reason you cite Marco and SJHHS specifically? (Did we neglect to report some incidents on those campuses?)
Kim McCarthy July 23, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Jenna, just curiosity...Marco is under gang inj and when my children attended it there was widespread theft, bullying, drugs being sold...does the CUSD keep track of this in anyway? Also, the tax-payers in SJC pay a full time OCSD officer on campus at San Juan Hills H.S. (under gang inj?)...what spreadsheet are these crimes funneled to....if any. My point, these are just 2 example of consistent crimes being committed that are not reported ....
Jenna Chandler July 23, 2011 at 01:01 AM
It's my understanding that the school resource officer works at all of the Capo schools, not just SJHHS, and is even available for the private schools, too. I'll double check with Lt. Meyer about whether the stats include crimes reported at school campuses, and if they're not listed here, where we might find them.
shelly July 23, 2011 at 01:11 AM
My kids go to SJHHS and there is not a crime problem. I feel SJHHS is very safe.
shelly July 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Kim McCarthy, Can you please cite your crime statistics for Marco and SJHHS to see if they are any different than the other middle schools and high schools in CUSD. My children go to an elementary school in a gang injunction area and there is no crime problem at or around the school. The gang injunction is meant to prevent crime.
shelly July 23, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Kim McCarthy, "My point, these are just 2 example of consistent crimes being committed that are not reported ...." What does that mean?
rick lyons July 23, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I am curious, where is graffiti reported? A year and a half ago on New Years, there was widespread tagging throughout downtown and surrounding areas. If each incident is a crime, they why did the number of incidents not increase. There were over 50 incidents of tagging in one night. But yet, no increase in any category. Think of the possibilities if we removed the three motorcycle officers from writing tickets to patrolling. Think of the possibilities if the officer paid for by the taxpayers is not at the schools bu patrolling the neighborhoods. Let the schools pay for their own security. Think of the possibilities if the officer who half of his time is assigned to the red light cameras was out on patrol instead of attending to those rediculous red light cameras.
Kim McCarthy July 23, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Jenna, you may want to clarify with Lt. Meyer about your understanding of the allocation of the officer on duty at SJHH...kim
Jenna Chandler July 23, 2011 at 02:17 AM
My understanding is based on an interview with the officer himself ... (and when I said all Capo schools, I meant those in San Juan).
Kim McCarthy July 23, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Jenna, thanks for the clarification of San Juan only...Many students attend SJHHS that do not live in San Juan...the function of a police officer on public school campuses is the responsibility of the CUSD and should not be on the backs of the tax-payers in San Juan. Meyer contends (as heard at city council) that if this officer were assigned to our city it would be inconveinent because he would continually be going to SJHHS and Marco every call the local police received. Therefore, back to my point--how much crime is being commited at these schools and where is it reflected on a report?

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