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Fremont crime dropped in 2010

By Matt Artz
Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am in Uncategorized.

Police distributed this chart at last night’s meeting in Warm Springs. More than 100 people showed including mayoral candidates councilmembers Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan and mayoral candidate former councilmember Steve Cho.

Crime was down in almost all categories except home burglaries, which was what the Warm Springs meeting was all about. Click on the image to get the Mission Hills stats.

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  • Robert

    LOL! I like the strikeouts over “mayoral candidates.” I know they keep saying crime is down but it sure doesn’t feel like it.

  • worble

    Wow!!! we don’t have our own catagory for Niles. I would like to see the numbers for Niles.

  • VOR

    This was a Warm Springs meeting as the story states. No other district is shown either.

  • WCG123

    Robert I hear you but and feel the same…. some people will attack you in here if you say that any louder! Maybe the reporting of all the crime has gone down!

  • Robert

    WCG123, I know what you mean.

  • Jon Simon

    This is great news. I doubt reporting has gone down. However, a crime always feels horrible, so I doubt it often feels like crime goes down.

    Congrats to the police force for playing their part in this. Congrats to the people of Fremont for being better. Congrats to the teachers of and parents of the children who did not commit crimes.

    It makes me think about correlating things like school spending and crime rates. I would think that a rise in school spending is often followed, perhaps ten or twelve years later, by a drop in crime.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    Worble, I believe this was the 2010 breakdown for Niles was as follows:

    Complaints of “deforestation”: 126

    Complaints relating to cell phone towers: 330

    Complaints of a helicopter above Niles: 94

    Complaints of overcharging at Mikey’s: 47

    Complaints relating to speeding on 2nd st: 1443

    Complaints about complaints not being addressed: 458

  • Chinmoy Roy

    I wanted to find out if people feel safe in their homes since that is a fundamental measure of how safe a city is. And that figure “Burglary-Residential” has gone up. There you go Mr. Steckler, you and your team have your work cut our for you. Could it be that the “burglar alarm response” decision that was made earlier needs to be revisited?

  • FremontResident2010

    It also helps your numbers when the police refuse to recognize a crime. Like when people try to break in to your house at night when you are sleeping, setting off the burglar alarm and the police claim that the “wind” pushed upon a heavy sliding glass door, and not burglars.

  • walter P.

    Citywide Residential Burglary is UP 18% in 2010- certainly nothing to be comforted by. Residental Burglary is UP a whopping 85% in the Weibel Area. Maybe Wasserman is cutting back on police patrols in that area for ruining his A’s Stadium plan.

  • JC Blues

    Niles gets whatever statistics that are left… on the other hand there is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXJrwmv67iQ&feature=related

  • Jon Simon

    Every dollar spent on perception is a dollar not spent on fighting crime. I don’t think the department needs more PR. I do think they need more police. Home burglaries went up, but commercial and auto went down. The total number is down 270. That’s not good?

    When we focus on how people feel, we get security theater, like the TSA. What do you want? Video cameras all over the city? Sure, they might make you feel safer, but they don’t cut crime. How about cops parked in front of Safeway? I’m sure it will make people feel safer, but will it do a thing to stop burglaries?

    As for the burglar alarms, where’s the crime wave people were talking about? I must have missed it. The PD paid attention to the numbers, played the grownup, and made a smart move against “feelings” and for reality. Somebody has to play the grownup.

  • bbox231

    Wow, Jon -

    I think you answered your own question -

    “… where’s the crime wave people were talking about? I must have missed it. ”

    Is your recall *that* brief ? You ALSO said -

    ” Home burglaries went up. . ”

    If there IS a relationship, it would be a corrolation with residential burglary. . .. not other types.

  • Chinmoy Roy

    Jon, if emotions are cast aside, it becomes very easy to discern that the fundamental measure of what constitutes success in fighting a crime is “how safe a family feels within the confines of their place they call home.” Not how safe is it to walk the streets, or to park their car on a public street and have it stolen etc. Rather it is the home.

    We can all agree that we have a tendency to turn and twist figures and make a performance appear excellent whether these number presented are for our shareholders or city residents. But very few of us have the desire and/or the ability to go beyond those numbers and think for ourselves to interpret what those numbers mean.

    So instead of all those rhetoric such as “where is the crime wave…. etc. etc.”, let us step back and address this fundamental question first which is “what constitutes success of a police force’s charter of fighting crime in a city.” I can bet my house that Chief Streckler’s response would have been very different from yours.

    And recall this age old adage: Fools speak because they have to say something, wise men speak because they have something to say.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    And recall this age old adage: Fools speak because they have to say something, wise men speak because they have something to say.

    Someone’s taking themselves too seriously this morning!

    I feel safer than ever in my home. Part of that is because I know I’ll chop any fool who attempts to overstep.

    My take on the data – crime is down because Fremont police are effective. Home burglary is up because of the Obama economy. ;)

  • Paul L. Knight

    With respect to comment 12 by Jon Simon, there was a paper published in Science*, one of the journals of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in which clear that people behave in a more socially responsible manner if they think that they are being observed. An observer need not be present. TV cameras, pictures of people looking and even eyes in totem poles are sufficient to make people a bit more careful in their actions. That is, the presence of video cameras do indeed make us safer if people know they are being observed.

    *Science 27 July 2007: Vol. 317 no. 5837 pp. 464-465

  • Jon Simon

    Paul,

    http://www.aclu.org/images/asset_upload_file708_35775.pdf

    Multiple meta-analysis papers on one page. Behaving if you think you’re being observed is different from reducing crime rates. Being watched simply makes criminals more careful about where they break the law.

    Bbox,

    A rise in one form of burglary and a larger drop in two other forms giving a total drop, is a crime wave? The police aren’t responding to car alarms, either, yet they dropped. The PD often don’t send an officer to car crimes at all since they’re so understaffed.

    The alarm policy has been in place for almost six years. Perhaps you’d like to search up the last ten years of burglaries for Fremont and for comparable cities or areas then see if there’s a correlation between the policy and burglaries?

    Chinmoy,
    I missed the statistic labeled “how safe a family feels within the confines of their place they call home.” I suppose you have your finger on the pulse of Fremont. News reports of crime have a lot more to do with perception than actual crime numbers. Steckler is certainly more diplomatic than me. So what? When police focus on perception, they aren’t doing their jobs. When anti-terrorism and airport security focus on perception, they aren’t doing their jobs. As far as I can tell, we’re no safer today than at the start of the whole TSA nightmare. We’ve been saved multiple times by the incompetence of terrorists, not by security.

    People are terrible at gauging risk. People eat organic, high-fat diets. They fear the pesticides will give them cancer, but fat causes a lot more cancer than pesticides. People are afraid of flying but drive over the speed limit – cars are far more dangerous, especially at high speed. People buy guns to protect our families from violence, but families with guns have a far higher rate of gun injury than families without. People don’t give their children vaccinations out of fear of autism, all because news reports on a faked scientific paper written by a con artist told them vaccinations might cause autism. Perception is bullshit.

    Somebody has to be the grownup. Somebody has to pay attention to facts, even if you won’t.