Violent Crime Has Reportedly Increased in Pasadena This Year

Published : Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 5:37 AM

A tiny 1% drop in calls for service to Pasadena police in 2017 belies a shift in violent crimes which has resulted in significant increases in murders, rapes and domestic violence assaults this year.

Pasadena’s spike in violent crime runs counter to projected 2017 national trends released in a report published by the Brennan Center for Justice earlier this month.

The Brennan Center’s report said the national violent crime rate is expected to fall by 0.6 percent in 2017 to the second-lowest point in over 25 years.

Meanwhile, by the end of August “calls for service” to Pasadena police substantially increased across three categories of violent crimes over the same period in 2016, with a jump in year-to-date homicides of 600 percent.

Two other categories of violent crime, rape and domestic violence assaults, also showed substantial increases of 67 percent and 50 percent respectively.

“Persons crimes were high in August at 38% above the four-year average,” Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez said in an email. “ Simple assaults were 43% above the average with 35 reported. Domestic violence assaults continue to be above the four-year average, with 22 reported last month.”

The increase in homicides to seven represents a significant increase over both 2015 and 2016 at a time when the rest of the United States is experiencing a drop in murders. Police officials point to a local gang war between Pasadena and Duarte street gangs which flared up in late 2016 and carried into 2017 as being a major factor in the increase of the homicides.

Of this year’s murders, police have said three are gang-related and another two might be. The remaining two are not thought to be gang-related.

The police statistical report reveals that the numbers and types of crimes in reported in Pasadena vary over different parts of the city . Crime statistics reveal different patterns in different Council districts.
District 3 records the highest percentage of individual crimes at 68 in the past three months while districts four and six are tied for second place with 66 crimes in each. District 7 in East Pasadena is the district with the lowest number of reported crimes at 27 over the past 30 days.
The homicides committed so far in 2017 have occurred in districts 1, 3 and 5.

The big successes in policing statistics come in a 32 percent reduction in some categories of burglary, a drop in thefts by 19 percent and a huge increase in recovered stolen vehicles, up 70 percent from last year.

“Property crimes were again low at 15% below the four-year average,” Chief Sanchez wrote, continuing to say that commercial burglaries and thefts were the two crime types that most contributed to the drop with both over 20% below their four-year averages.

Sanchez also pointed out that several burglary-related arrests were made in the month of August as a result of citizens calling in suspicious activity.

“Our community is encouraged once again; if you ‘See Something, Say Something.’ As always, please be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling (626) 744-4241,” the Chief wrote.

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