Thursday, May 4, 2006

Major crimes slip 2.1% in Suisun City

From Vacaville Reporter
By Reporter Staff

Despite a jump in violent crimes and a decline in property crimes, major crimes in Suisun City slid by 2.1 percent overall in 2005 as compared to 2004, statistics show. Suisun City police released this week their 2005 statistics regarding Part I crimes, which the Department of Justice defines as homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson.

No figures for arson were available.

According to the data, violent crimes were up by 30.9 percent. Homicides declined by one incident, rapes surged by three, robberies rose by nine and aggravated assaults climbed by 19.
Property crimes fell by 7.2 percent, with burglaries tumbling by 19 incidents, thefts plunging by 38 and auto thefts leaping by 12.

Already predicting improvement, the department expressed plans to, among other ideas:
• Strive toward 24-hour staffing;
• Improve officer access to key information from the field;
• Extend the department's reach through live camera feeds to dispatch and patrol units;
• Geo-Profiling;
• Crime Mapping.

In response to violent crime, officials said, the department is using a CalGangs tracking database and has organized a burglary task force and a gang unit.

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