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Is Rash of Burglaries Tied to Inmate Release?

Police believe the increase in burglaries may be connected to the inmate early release program.

The  in Sherman Oaks has raised questions about whether the increase in property crimes is linked to the inmate early release program.

In the Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks area, car break-ins have jumped to as high as three times the normal rate.

LAPD Captain Paul Snell with the Van Nuys Division said that while there is still no statistical evidence linking the increased number of parolees to the recent rise in crime, many of the crooks they have busted fit that category.

“We’re seeing a number of repeat offenders that are causing an increase, particularly in Van Nuys,” Snell said.

Police have responded by assigning a special unit that focuses specifically on parolees along with a property crimes detail to maximize the department’s resources.

“What we do, we move the officers or our resources around to target specific problems so that when there are spikes they’re not long-term spikes,” said Snell.

Despite the trouble spots, property crime has dropped by 8 percent and violent crime is down throughout the San Fernando Valley, while the number of burglary arrests is up 45 percent over the past three weeks.

Earlier this week, the LAPD North Hollywood Division posted the following message on its Facebook page:

We can’t help but wonder if the early release of inmates has something to do with the rash of burglaries throughout the San Fernando Valley and in North Hollywood. We want to remind everyone to be cautious when a stranger knocks on your door and don’t leave valuables in your vehicle for someone to take. Let’s work together to put a stop on crime. Remember “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it”

Also see the KNBC story: Crime Spree May Be Tied to Early Release

Not to forget also that their defintion of non-violent offenders does not take into account criminals who plea bargained to lower crimes. When the politicians become victims change might come. We saw it coming, it is here and it is up to us alone to keep the bad guys out. My door bell just rang and he said he was with the gas company, wouldn't open the door but I'll be damned, it really was the gas company. A healthy dose of paranoia is warranted.
Momlee March 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Do you hear Jerry Brown yet? Let's raise taxes so we can assure your protection. This decision was made by the unions and our so called state officials. Well folks do you feel the pain yet? Let the non-violent criminals out and buy better locks to protect yourselves. Don't fall for higher taxes....don't give these people more money. We have to replace every liberal/democrat. They don't care about you only about their salaries/pensions and benefits. Everytime we get robbed thank your government. Are you ready for change yet? It will get worse. Wake up.
D. Jude March 17, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Momlee...you hit the Nail on the Head~~!! Wake Up Citizens and vote ALL these Career Politicians OUT OF OFFICE~~!!
I agree and California seems to be the last place to wake up these days.
Captain Jack March 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
It also helps if you LOCK your side gates. So many times we see that the burglars got in via an unlocked gate!

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