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Overall East Palo Alto crime down, despite violence wave

Original post made on Jul 16, 2013

Despite a spike in violence experienced earlier this year, overall crime continues to drop in East Palo Alto, police Chief Ronald Davis announced on Monday, July 15. For the first six months of this year, overall crime dropped 13 percent.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

So East Palo Alto burglaries are down - and reportedly Palo Alto's are up. Go figure.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Are these figures comparing 6-month totals of this year 1st half to last year 2nd half? Or to last year 1st half? Are there seasonal variations in types of crimes here?

The burglary/larceny numbers do show a welcome decrease. Have there been changes in definition or reporting patterns?

Just trying to understand the significance of the statistics.

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Posted by Mad Lady
a resident of Walter Hays School
on Jul 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Yay for EPA... NOT!
The crimes need to be separated into physically harmful and non physically harmful categories. Nice to know Burglaries, Larcenies and Vehicle thefts are down, but more importantly Homicides, Sexual Assaults and Assaults are all UP!! EPA Police need to step their game up and stop the crimes that matter the MOST!
#soperturbed #ugh

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Okay Mad Lady!
You are right...they really should realize that the violent crimes are the most serious and should not be included in a report of crime going down, when they are ALL UP.

PS...I know who you are!!! LOL!

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Posted by Furious Man
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Mad Lady: Fremont took that attitude several years ago, and now if a crime is committed against you, and it is not murder, you have to file a report online--the police refuse to come out! A lot of people have installed pricey surveillance equipment as a result. Even so, crime is still high there, but murders have not increased much. it's mostly burglaries, armed robberies, assaults, etc--things the cops will not show up for!

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Posted by EPAMom
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:00 am

OK, Musical. You caught them! They trot out these stats every now and then to show how crime is so down. But it's always just spin. There isn't really any significance to these stats any time they do them.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Sometimes it's a valid tactic to tell people what they want to hear, and we can hope the encouragement becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Even if we had a really good set of consistently collected statistics, the ups and downs could be correlated to factors beyond local control. What happens when the governor is compelled by the courts to release another 10,000 inmates from California prisons?