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  • PUBLIC SAFETY

    Homicides down in Victorville

    Crime stats show increase in sheriff's call volume
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  • VICTORVILLE — The City of Victorville’s crime statistics for the second quarter of 2014 reveal Victorville deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have handled more calls for service and have completed more reports than this time last year, but homicides are down from last year.
    Victorville Station Chief Sam Lucia said the statistics showed deputies responded to 60,000 calls for service this year, including more than 4,300 crimes and more than 490 traffic collisions.
    Victorville’s crime statistics for April through June were released in July as part of the City Manager’s Report and were consistent with first-quarter statistics in that theft and burglary remained the most common of the seven crimes reported.
    Homicide, sexual assault and robbery numbers remained under 25 reports per month throughout the year. No homicides were reported until June, when the statistics show three homicides.
    “We actually had nine homicides by this time last year,” Lucia said Monday. “So we’re actually way down, which is always fantastic to see. But, criminal homicide is not the kind of crime we can attack with a special enforcement program like other crimes. For example, if we notice a particular crime trend in a certain part of the city during a certain time of day and on a certain day of the week, then it’s possible to combat that issue ... but criminal homicide happens anywhere at any time.”
    An average of 162 burglary cases were reported per month in the first quarter. This number dropped slightly in the second quarter to 152.
    Theft cases rose slightly from an average of 143 incidences per month in the first quarter to 147 in the second.
    Motor vehicle theft spiked to 55 reported stolen vehicles in June, the highest number of thefts reported in a month for 2014.
     “Although we cannot guarantee (deputies’) presence everywhere, we are committed to doing our best to provide as much enforcement as possible,” Lucia said.
    Anneli Fogt can be reached at AFogt@VVDailyPress.com or 760-951-6276.
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