Crime numbers change only slightly

first_imgBurglary, felony theft and auto theft either decreased slightly or saw no change, but they were offset by gains in robberies – 75 cases, up from 68 in 2005, and rape, which saw three more for a total of 13. The slight dip followed a 3 percent drop in violent crime from 2005 in the city of 105,400, said Sgt. Kevin Grandalski, a Burbank police spokesman. “Although you have fluctuations in there, your overall crime rate has always decreased over the last three years,” he said. “The other thing to keep in mind is population is increasing. You might expect crime to increase, but we’re able to decrease crime.” In Glendale, violent crime increased 4 percent in 2006, with 4,301 cases reported. Burglaries and auto theft decreased from 2005, and homicides fell 90 percent, to two from 19 cases, a figure inflated by the Metrolink crash two years ago in which 11 people were killed. But robberies increased 22 percent with 167 cases reported, and auto burglaries jumped 24 percent with 774 cases. Violent crime slipped slightly in 2006 in Burbank compared with a year ago, while Glendale saw a small bump, according to preliminary police tallies. A count of incidents ranging from homicide and rape to assault, robbery and auto theft in the 12-month period ending Dec. 31 was obtained this week from police in both cities. But authorities said the raw data still have to be reviewed before they submit a final report to the FBI, which tracks violent crime across the nation. In Burbank, violent crime fell about 1 percent, with 2,974 cases reported, police said. Though the numbers might raise eyebrows, Capt. Ray Edey said there is no cause for long-term concern as crime has generally trended down for the city of 207,000 in recent years. “We’re confident it’s not an indication of things to come,” he said. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more