October 3, 2017 > Fremont Police Chief addresses recently released crime data
Fremont Police Chief addresses recently released crime data
Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
As you have likely seen, FBI crime statistics for 2016 were released yesterday. The change in the number of Fremont violent crime reports for our city and others has drawn substantial media attention, a shift for us of 24.6%. This growth correctly represents an increase in the number of serious crimes taking place in our community. However, it is important we all have a valid understanding of what this data signifies and remain realistic in our reaction to the information. We want to be vigilant but not overly fearful.
Most of our increases have occurred in two categories: robbery and aggravated assault. The robbery statistic comprises those serious situations where a suspect confronts a store owner in their business, or a community member on the street and threatens the victim with a weapon. However, the data also includes other situations such as where a person takes merchandise from a store then escalates the situation by pushing away or fighting to avoid being stopped.
In the case of aggravated assault, as with many of these regrettable situations, the victim and suspect have some level of connection to each other. Taking these two crime categories together, the total increase was 75 cases. As a matter of comparison, our total robberies for 2016 was 184, well under our recent historic high of 256 in 2006. While no level of victimization is acceptable to our department, when considered in the context of a population of 231,000 people, our city compares very favorable as a safe community.
The shift in our crime pattern is due to a wide range of factors. For examples, the reduction in criminal sanctions brought about by Proposition 47 seems to have led to increases in crime in our community. We also feel the impact of serious mobile offenders active in and around our jurisdiction. The community and Fremont PD are working together to deal with these problems and increase the publicÕs safety. Heightened awareness and prompt reporting in our neighborhoods and businesses, the use of publicly- and privately-owned video resources, and focused law enforcement directed at the most serious offenders all appear to have reduced our cumulative residential burglary rate by more than 50% to date. Importantly, we have also received staffing increases that will help continue this reduction in crime.
If you would like to examine our crime data more closely, you can access all of our statistics on our website at www.fremontpolice.org/statistics. Thank you for your partnership and investment in the success of our community.