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Serious Crimes Drop 14 Percent in San Juan Capistrano

Lt. John Meyer believes residents are doing a better job of locking up their personal property and keeping an eye out for each other.

Serious crime was down 14 percent overall in 2013 in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.
Serious crime was down 14 percent overall in 2013 in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.

Serious crimes are down 14 percent in San Juan Capistrano, according to Lt. John Meyer, chief of police services for the city.

Meyer provided figures for what’s known as “Part 1” crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. Overall, there were 496 of these types of crimes in 2013, down 82 from 2012.

“I attribute this decline to the hard proactive work of the police services staff coupled with the crime prevention outreach to the residents,” Meyer said.

While there were no homicides in either year, in 2012, there were three rapes reported, according to the statistics Meyer provided. In 2013, there were no rapes.

Two of the three “theft” categories saw decreases. Auto thefts dropped from 37 in 2012 to 22 in 2013, down 40 percent, according to the stats. Larceny, that is, personal theft, was down 20 percent, from  380 to 302.

Meanwhile, there was a 12 percent increase in burglaries, rising from 102 in 2012 to 115 last year.

“I believe people are starting to get the message about locking their doors (home and vehicle) and keeping valuables out of sight,” Meyer said.

He’s also seen an increase in residents participating in neighborhood watch programs.

“Taking ownership of ones’ neighborhood is the foundation of crime prevention, represents the first line of defense against crime, and is the most effective way that residents can help law enforcement,” Meyer said.

Eric Bergstrom January 09, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Hey Common Sense, I hope you're prepared to give Sam Allevato credit for this statistic, too.
Donna Fleming January 09, 2014 at 11:39 PM
people are getting the message about being responsible about preventing crime. That includes taking action against our city government, by speaking out.
Steve Behmerwohld January 10, 2014 at 01:36 AM
Hats off to Lt. Meyer and Police Services. Great job.
Beverly Blake January 10, 2014 at 03:19 AM
The reduction in crimes must be all Sam Allevato's fault! Good going Sam!
Sam Avacado January 10, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Sam Avacado here, the mayor of Sam Juan. You know as a former police mucky muck that I personally had nothing to do with crime going down. Still wondering why they have not found who best up the previous mayor. With all the resources the OCSD has, still no can do. Isn't the Avacado lifestyle wonderful? Crime is down, credit rating for Sam Juan is in the tank, our city cannot win a lawsuit or appeal, and even has trouble remembering that we have a First Amendment to our Constitution. I have to respect our City Manager for not wanting to be interviewed for the Capistrano Valley News article. If she had been interviewed I was so afraid that everything she said would contradict what I said. She did what was right and did not take the interview so I did not look bad. Don't you love the Avacado lifestyle? Remember, use as much water as you need to, I need the money for mailers. Love you all, Sam Avacado.
Beve Semerwohld January 10, 2014 at 01:27 PM
I hope I can help Lt. Meyer and take photos of true crime in action. I am the creepy photo guy. The city never gives me more than I can handle. That is why I love designing sandboxes and commenting to the news media on the pros and cons of wearing sandals in public parks. I am the creepy photo guy.

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