Residential burglaries in Palo Alto jumped 52 percent in 2012, from 149 to 226, according to an annual crime-statistics report released by the Palo Alto Police Department.
While there was significant increase in property crimes, the number of violent crimes was relatively unchanged.
There were no murders in 2012 or 2011, according to the report, and robberies were about even, with one additional incident last year, totaling 26. Aggravated assaults were down from 35 in 2011 to 23 in 2012.
The department also reported an increase in larceny, which include auto burglary, and in auto thefts.
Police Chief Dennis Burns said during a recent Human Relations Commission meeting that the department has responded to the rise in property crimes by putting six additional staff on burglary detail.
As of Dec. 20, police had arrested 38 people for residential burglary, according to Lt. Zach Perron.
The 2012 report was sent to the California Department of Justice and will be included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual national Uniform Crime Report.
Click the image on the left for a chart of the 2012 Palo Alto crime statistics, provided by the police department.