Justice Dept: Crime down in Victorville


 By Miguel Gonzalez

Editor & Founder

Victorville P.D. Captain Cliff Raynolds

 (Victorville)—A California Department of Justice report that has released preliminary statistics to local communities list that crime in Victorville is down significantly.

Statistics reveal that violent crime in Victorville, also the largest city in the Victor Valley, is down in 5.7%

The statistics are from the period of January to June 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. “Our City continues to improve by reducing crime and our number one priority as members of the City Council is public safety,” Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Mike Rothschild said.

Victorville experienced some dramatic declines. In homicides, Victorville citizens felt the impact of a 42.5% decrease, a 9.2% decrease in aggravated assaults, and a decrease of 23.5% in motor vehicle thefts. Additionally in the area of larceny under $400, there was a 14.6% decline and 10.7% decline in burglaries.

Property crimes are down a total of 12 % and larceny/theft is down 12.1%.

Victorville Police Department Captain Raynolds said he is pleased with the reduction in crime rates, but also warned that crime statistics are fluid. He said the Victorville Police Department will stay on track with current practices to continue to bring crime rates down. He credits his hard working staff and Victorville citizens who have been the eyes and ears in our community.

For his part, Rothschild credited the hard labor of Raynolds and his staff. “That department has done so much even with budget cuts. Captain Raynolds and his entire staff deserve to be recognized for their hard labor. It goes to prove that more money is the solution to all the problems in Victorville.

Rothschild said he expects statistics on crime to stay low. “We have a very effective team of police officers, I am confident they will keep up the positive work.”

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