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Anaheim’s Drop in Crime ‘Huge,’ Chief Says

Chief Welter

It’s not all bad news.

Despite one of the worst recessions on record, Anaheim’s crime rate continues to plummet.

Robberies? Down 11.6 percent. Property crimes? Down 15.5 percent. All violent crime? Down 7.9 percent.

“That’s huge,” said Police Chief John Welter, flipping through the FBI’s most recent statistics.  “You’d think that during a down economy – with people out of work and losing their homes – they might be out committing more thefts.”

Not in Anaheim.

Behind the Badge recently sat down with Chief Welter to discuss Anaheim’s crime numbers.

The Orange County Register published the interview on its Web site. To read it, click here.

Legendary OC Register Reporter Profiles Most Notorious OC Cases

For the better part of the past four decades, journalist Larry Welborn has chronicled the biggest criminal cases in Orange County.OC Register's 50 Cases

Serial killers. Gang rapists. The corruption trial of a sheriff.

Which cases rank among the most memorable?

The verdict is in.

Starting last week, Welborn began profiling Orange County’s 50 most notorious cases on the Orange County Register’s Web site.

Among those on the list: The 1958 slaying of Leslie Simpson in Anaheim.

To follow Welborn’s series, which will continue through the end of the year, visit his Blog here.

At the end of the series, readers can vote on the top 10.

Which cases do you think should be on his list? Contact Welborn at lwelborn@ocregister.com or post a comment at the bottom of his Blog.

Larry Welborn