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Police Chief: Glendora’s Property Crime Rate Jumps 8 Percent

Increase in property crime attributed to prisoner realignment.

During a press conference where police chiefs from several southern California agencies gathered to discuss the impacts of prisoner realignment Wednesday, Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro revealed the city’s property crimes have increased by 8 percent over the past year.

Prisoner realignment is the result of AB109, a year-old law that went into effect in October 2011 to address overcrowding in state prisons.

Police chiefs from cities including La Verne, Long Beach, Culver City and Pasadena gathered in El Monte  Wednesday morning and spoke of rising crime rates, dwindling budgets and smaller staff members to deal with the earlier release of prisoners.

Castro noted that the Glendora Police department is not financially equipped to monitor local parolees in the post release community supervision programs.

He attributed the spike in local property theft, the most common crime committed in Glendora, to early release of state prisoners.

 In 2011, larceny arrests jumped 12 percent over the previous year. 

Jay November 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Wow this confirms an article I read several months ago about the prison realignment. I have sensed an increase in crime by following the Patch, which does a great job at reporting. These thieves aren't the smartest bunch so use common sense. Lock your windows, cars, house doors and have a home alarm system and maybe a home video monitering system. Also, basic stuff like a dog, even a little one, will scare off these tuff guys. This one may sound strange but put up your American flag. Why our flag? Well folks who tend to fly our beautiful flag love this country a howl bunch and love the second amendment too. Although its a bad word to say, that means these types of people have these scary things called guns. These thieves look for easy targets so if they suspect your not an easy target they will move on to the next home. Lastly, be a good neighbor and keep an eye out for the houses in your neighborhood. Most people these days don't even talk to their neighbors. I love my retired neighbors cause they are nosey and if anyone is in our neighborhood that shouldn't be then the Glendora PD will get a call. Just a few thoughts....... What are other folks doing in Glendora or the surrounding area to make their home safe? I sure would love some advise and we could all benefit from each others ideas. Please share......
smkmstr J November 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I am always leery of stories that say things like "8% jump" without the actual figures. After all if last year there were 10 and this year 11 it's a 10% jump. But in reality, it's one more than last. Come on Hazel, facts and figures please.
ds_gr2016 November 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Even if it the percentage I'd reflected by only one more crime, it is still one more person or family that has had their lives affected. One only has to drive around our city and see the increase in homeless walking around. I am not referring to the usual people we have come to recognize, but the ones that are defecating and urinating on the sign outside of Walgreens, asking for money outside of Ralph's and hiding in the recessed areas by the public library and city hall. I agree with the writer who suggested if you see someone you don't know around you're neighbors, call the Glendora P.D. The only way to combat crime is to be vigilant and make it as difficult as possible. Neighborhood watch is good, city wide watch is better.
Yolanda Mckay November 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Yes, and another intereseting fact would be how many of those crimes were actually committed by early release felons? Property crimes are often related to high unemployment rates as well. Did you do any of those numbers Hazel? Maybe that's not your job, but you only repeat what politicans and vested interests tell you?
Paul H. November 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Percentages reflect trends and this is not a good trend. Like it or not, the courts have ordered the early release of inmates. They are walking our streets. Take action to guard yourselves. The police can not be everywhere. Locks your doors, take simple steps to protect yourselves. Be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, look around, be proactive....

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