Danville crime statistics for 2010 show a mixed bag, with rape and homicides down and an increase in armed robberies, strong-arm robberies and aggravated assaults, all types of crimes that enforcement has little effect on.
While there were no Danville homicides in 2010, there were two rapes, down from three in 2009. Armed robbery made the biggest jump, climbing from none in 2009 to five last year. Strong-arm robberies went from five to seven during the same period.
Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the overall increase from 12 to 20 violent crimes is more a sign of the times than it is about danger in the city.
"I'm not sure if there's anything specific I can put my finger on. It appears this kind of crime is up all over the place," Simpkins said. "I think it's just a reflection of everywhere."
He noted that the trend this year seems to be keeping pace with last year.
There were two more burglaries in Danville last year than in 2009, but those numbers would have been about 10 percent lower had there not been an increase in commercial burglaries. Simpkins said the department is using a combination of traditional policing and community oriented policing to address.
The total number of thefts is up by one over 2009, with petty thefts in particular rising from 48 to 59. Petty thefts from vehicles are down from 117 in 2009 to 109 in 2010; that number may drop more this year after police set up a bait car to catch four Sam Ramon residents who'd been breaking into vehicles. While police were monitoring that car, a resident called to say his car nearby had been broken into, and stolen property from several victims in Danville was recovered.
Adult arrests rose from 462 in 2009 to 574 last year, although adult DUI arrests dropped from 213 to 203. Juvenile arrests dropped from 185 to 171 and juvenile DUI arrests fell from 33 in 2009 to 18 in 2010.
Overall, Simpkins said he's proud of the numbers and the work of his department.
"The bottom line is, of course, one crime is too many," he said. "Whatever the latest crime trend is, we want to stay ahead of that."
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