Sheriff reports crime reduction

Number of robberies and assaults fall as murder rate remains static.

April 13, 2011|By Veronica Rocha,

LA CRESCENTA — The number of violent and property-related crimes reported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station decreased by 11% for the first three months of the year, according to the most recent statistics.

So far this year, the station has handled 152 violent and property crimes, 19 fewer than the 171 reported for the same period last year, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s preliminary crime data released last week.

“I am not surprised,” said La Cañada Flintridge Mayor David Spence. “I am happy, but it doesn’t mean something can’t change.”


He pointed out that crime trends fluctuate, which could eventually influence the area’s overall rate.

The station’s captain, Dave Silversparre, attributed the reduction in crime to several arrests in the past year and reporting period.

The sheriff’s station, he said, has collaborated with residents to combat crime.

“We continue to educate the public to not set themselves up to become victims of a crime by securing their valuables, reporting suspicious activity and people to the station, and being our eyes and ears before we arrive at a scene,” Silversparre said in an email.

La Crescenta and other unincorporated areas within the station’s coverage area saw 68 property and violent crimes from January to March, a drop from 73 for the same time last year.

“Bottom line, if we want to see our crime stats continue to fall in challenging times, we all need to step up to the plate a bit,” said Steve Goldsworthy of the Crescenta Valley Town Council in an email.

A similar decrease in crime was seen in La Cañada — also patrolled by the station — where property and violent crimes fell from 98 last year to 84 so far this year.

The number of homicides and rapes was unchanged, but the number of robberies and aggravated assaults decreased, with an overall reduction of 26.7%, according to the sheriff’s department.

Burglaries were slightly higher in the unincorporated areas, which saw 21 thefts, up from 16 for the same period last year.

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