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Crime statistics offered by police chief

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From page A3 | February 19, 2014 | 13 Comments

Property crimes in Placerville were up by 31 percent in 2013. That was one of the statistics presented to the Placerville City Council by Police Chief Scott Heller at the Feb. 11 meeting.

In a brief presentation, Heller provided a breakdown of the 2013 crime statistics for the city, comparing them to the 2012 report. “Violent crime has remained mostly flat, while property crimes  have significantly increased,” said Heller. “The State of California Realignment of Prisoners (AB109), the habitual transient offender challenges and slow economic recovery are all believed to be factors in the increase, but it is difficult to pinpoint which factor is driving it.”

Last year, 2013, was the first full year the Placerville Police Department tracked contacts with AB109 probationers, recording 153 duty hours spent on 54 contacts. Habitual transient offenders incidents increased by 92 percent from 2012 to 2013, particularly from July to October. PPD is continuing to gather and track data from contact with habitual transient offenders and AB109 probationers.

“Property crimes are up throughout the state,” said Heller. “It’s a challenge.” There were 92 burglaries, 172 larcenies and 30 auto thefts in 2013 in Placerville, all of which are considered property crimes.

Placerville PD response has been to increase visibility in “hot spot” areas and is in the process of developing a reserve officer program to augment its full time force. Reserve officers can assist with habitual transient offenders challenges, provide extra patrols in impacted areas and free up full-time officers to proactively focus on current crime trends. “We are also expanding our social  media usage to enhance community policing,” said Heller.

Heller cited a recent auto theft where a vehicle was stolen from the parking garage. “We put still shots of the suspect from the surveillance cameras on Facebook and Twitter and were quickly able to identify the individual and solve the crime, entirely through social media,” said Heller.

Councilwoman Wendy Thomas asked how many of the habitual transient offenders were also AB109 probationers. Heller replied that 16 of the AB109 probationers were homeless. This was spread over the entire Western Slope and included nine out of the 66 Post Release Community Supervision probationers and seven of the 55 Mandatory Community Supervision probationers. “Because they are transients, it is hard to say whether they are from Placerville or elsewhere on the Western Slope,” said Heller.

In a phone call with the Mountain Democrat, Heller said habitual transient offenders are only a small subset of the homeless population. “We want to identify those causing problems and differentiate them from the homeless in crisis,” he said.

As this was an information item, no action was taken by the City Council.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

 

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  • Chuck HollandFebruary 19, 2014 - 6:23 am

    The statistics presented in this article offer an interesting view into Placerville's crime. The City Council members need to study the chiefs report long and hard, then ask themselves how much responsibility they should have on their shoulders for the increase in crime. Placerville is made up of working and retired tax paying residents,sales tax producing business, and several government agencies that employ people. These three categories are the money generating life blood that make the city work. Over the last few years they have allowed the upper Broadway area to deteriorate to a point of serious concern. Recently city staff took it upon themselves to approve a homeless shelter on Placerville Drive only moving the problem from one area to another. The city leaders create the mess, then move it around town and expect the Police to come in like a maid service to clean up after them.

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  • Upper Broadway resident who is fed upFebruary 19, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    I totally agree 100%. The city council is knowingly allowing people to camp all along Upper Broadway from Hangtown Motel up past Airport Road. There is garbage littered all over the hills and streets. The city council is a complete joke. They just keep moving the homeless from one part of the city to another destroying it. Yes, crime is up. We don't need a crime report to know that, especially now that someone was attacked from behind on the bike trail. What is it going to take for the city council to wake up and make a decision to better the city instead of destroy it?

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    Something to think about--if an area is determined "blighted"--it is easier to have commercial redevelopment via eminent domain.

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  • EvelynFebruary 19, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    Precisely, Fran. That's why during the City's Redevelopment pitch, Placerville suddenly was found to be "blighted". A "blight" finding is essential. High crime stats were quoted. Redevelopment went away; crime stats improved. What had changed?

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  • JimBoFebruary 20, 2014 - 8:45 am

    Chuck, this good mean more business for you. A recent SacBee article yesterday stated that one homeless camper was arrested after police found a sawed off shotgun and scoped rifle in his campsite above Ray Lawyer Drive. Of course, I'm assuming the homeless have enough money to pay for Bail Bondsmen???

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  • JimBoFebruary 20, 2014 - 8:56 am

    The Red Herring on the City of Placerville's redevelopment plans was when it hired ex-City Manager of Rocklin Carlos Urrutia as a consultant. Carlos pension spiked in his final year at over $400K due to his 26 years of accumulated unused vacation time. I found him and his employees to be very crafty and dishonest in my dealing with the City of Rocklin.

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  • EvelynFebruary 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

    JimBo: I see that Carlos Urrutia (Rocklin) was among the four panelists sharing "Redevelopment Success Stories" at a Community Meeting on 1/26/2011: HERE

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  • Chuck HollandFebruary 19, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Fran, apparently the City of Placerville doesn't have two nickels to rub together for road repairs. Where are they going to dig up enough money to pay fair market value for properties taken under eminent domain? The more reasonable cause of blight is poor city management.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Chuck...it is happening in other places. "google" blighted redevelopment grants Then look at various HUD grants http://tinyurl.com/3lxp6nn One of the reasons places are going bankrupt is grants. Some are "seeded"...people will move money around to seed a grant halfway...hoping it all works out.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/n4vtd53 blighted redevelopment grants

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Chuck...I think some people really believe that grants are the answer to all their problems--it is not. It will create more and more debt in the long run. I hope with all my heart that im wrong...my grandsons future is what drives me...now I have another little grandchild on the way. I am hoping that places are not being allowed to just "die," in order to qualify for some money somewhere. Come play in Pollock Pines some time...Ill give you a walking tour. I show you the lies...they are hidden in plain veiw. Take a ride up Broadway by Grocery Outlet....and really look. Not much really worth anything--except the land itself. It looks deserted--unloved, negleted ...was it on purpose? Shrugging shoulders . Now who owns it?

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    Last one chuck. Mix up the two and "google" them Economic development and redevelopment.. then "google" and whole new term "Redevelopment Economics" <-----smartgrowth...no matter how you name it. http://www.redevelopmenteconomics.com/ Taking blighted areas...and redeveloping with grants and/or developers money. sometimes cities and counties have been known to front the developers money...no really. Well good luck on your journey to find out what is happening with the City council...I only went to one meeting...and still can not get over the Mayor yelling at a person--for doing nothing in the audiance. So odd. Again, I hope you find a different answer. The unelected "other" government.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Chuck, good night. and absolutely bad management is a big part of all the troubles in El dorado County. But is it intentional bad management...or just "stupidity?" Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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