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FBI: Crime in Anaheim Dips at Twice the Rate of National Average

Anaheim’s crime rate dropped about 10 percent in 2009, according to an FBI report released this week.

The decline was double the national average, the report said. The statistics mirror numbers released last week by the California Department of Justice.

“There are several pieces that must come together to successfully battle crime,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “Good police work combined with strong community support are among the key ingredients.”

In Anaheim, both are evident, he said. As examples, he pointed out how the homicide bureau solved all 2009 killings – and four old cases.

“And we continue to develop deep and meaningful partnerships with Anaheim schools, the business community and in neighborhoods across the city,” he said. “We are watching out for each other – and working together to keep Anaheim safe.”

To read the Los Angeles Times story, click here. To read the FBI report, click here.

Anaheim’s Crime Rate Continues to Drop

Violent and property crime rates continued to free fall in Anaheim, according to a report released this week by the California Department of Justice.

Anahiem’s overall crime rate dipped by nearly 10 percent, the report said. The biggest decrease? Vehicle burglaries dropped more than 17 percent.

“This is good news and more evidence of how real partnerships between the police department and the community are paying off,” said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez. “It takes a village to keep a community safe, and we’re pleased that the effort in Anaheim is paying off. Of course we must continue to look out for one another.”

To read the DOJ’s report, click here.

To read an Orange County Register story about the countywide crime picture, click here.

APD Detectives Solve All 2009 Killings – And Then Some

It wasn’t your typical murder investigation.

The alleged killer was already in custody by the time police discovered the body of the bludgeoned 84-year-old woman.

Ask Anaheim Homicide Sgt. Jim Reed, and he’ll tell you solving murders is tricky business.

Every clue requires immediate and thoughtful attention. Even when detectives move quickly, some killers still elude arrest for years. Some are never caught.

“Sometimes witnesses grow a conscience, a new technological advance provides damning evidence or laws change to favor investigators,” Reed says.

“And,” he adds, “every once in a while we get lucky.”

So far this year – and all of last year – APD’s detectives solved all 10 killings – and even four older ones.

“Anaheim’s homicide unit takes a multi-dimensional approach which fully exploits a blending of modern technology with good old-fashioned gum-shoe detective work,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy, who files Anaheim homicide cases. “To describe them in a word – tireless.”

To read a Q&A with Sgt. Reed, click here.

MEMBERS OF THE HOMICIDE DETAIL: Det. James Rodriguez, Det. Jeff Mundy, Det. Kerry Condon, Det. Elizabeth Faria, Det. John Duran, Lt. Dave Vangsness, Det. Richard LaRochelle, Sgt. James Reed, Det. Karen Schroepfer and Cynthia Espinoza.

Violent Crime Continues To Decline in Anaheim

Crime continues to decline nationally and locally, according to new data released by the FBI.

Anaheim, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana all experienced a decrease in violent crime during the first half of 2009, the agency’s preliminary statistics show.

“Despite the challenging economic times, the community is coming together to ensure Anaheim – and all of Orange County – remains a safe place to live, work and visit,” said Deputy Chief Craig Hunter.

To read the Orange County Register story, click here.

FBI Statistics Show That Anaheim is Safer

The number of violent crimes in Anaheim decreased last year, according to statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number dropped from 1,423 to 1,312.

“It never comes as a surprise to us because we are reviewing numbers and trends year round,” Sgt. Rick Martinez told the Orange County Register. “Some might assume with the bad economy that crime might be on the increase, but we’ve seen that’s really not the case.”

Added Deputy Chief Craig Hunter: “In an ongoing effort to prevent crime, the police department has created important partnerships with the community that have contributed to the continued reduction in crime. The FBI’s numbers illustrate the impact we can have when we work together.”

To read the Register’s story, please click here.