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Turlock's overall crime rate falls, while burglaries increase

POSTED June 29, 2012 9:20 p.m.

Falastine Munoz describes the day in 2011 that she came home to find her home burglarized as a devastating experience.

“It’s truly horrible to work 45 hours and my husband work 60 hours a week and someone take what they didn’t earn. Even the TV off my kids’ room wall,” Munoz said. “Now I have a 100 pound German shepherd and ADT pulse system. Wish I had it before.”

Unfortunately, Munoz was not alone in finding herself the victim of a theft in 2011.

While Turlock’s overall rate of Part 1 crimes decreased by 11 percent in 2011, burglaries saw a 17 percent increase from the year before, according to the 2011 Turlock Police Department’s annual report released earlier this week.

“The theft rate is unacceptable,” said Police Chief Rob Jackson. “Our efforts have to focus on pushing it out of our community.”

Burglaries were the only Part 1 crimes to show an increase for the year. Almost all other Part 1 crimes, which include homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies, and auto thefts, saw decreases in 2011, some as much as 24 and 23 percent.

Turlock’s homicide rate was essentially flat for the year because there was one homicide in 2011 and one in 2010.

Rapes decreased by 20 percent for the year. There were 16 rapes reported in 2011 and 20 reported in 2010.

Robberies decreased from 125 in 2010 to 96 last year, for a drop of 23 percent. In 2010, robberies were up by 5 percent.

There were 355 auto thefts in 2011, down 115 from 2010 for a 24 percent decrease.

Aggravated assaults saw a 14 percent decrease in 2011, with 258 incidents reported, compared to 299 in 2010.

There were 804 burglaries reported in 2011, 118 more than in 2010, increasing the rate to 17 percent.

There were 1,427 larcenies reported in 2011, which were 304 less then 2010’s total of 1,731. Larcenies dropped by 18 percent.

The police department responded to 67,022 calls for service in 2011. The total number of arrests came in at 4,507 in 2011, a 5 percent increase from the year before.

The department arrested 4,112 adults and 395 juveniles in 2011.

While the department is directing more resources into catching thieves, Jackson also wants to see a push toward prevention.

“I go out on bicycle rides and walks and see people leaving bags and electronics in their vehicles or leaving them running and unattended,” Jackson said. “That makes for a very attractive target for thieves. I’d like to see our community avoid those behaviors so that Turlock gets a reputation among thieves that it is a town where it’s just too hard to steal.”

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