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Barstow crime fell slightly in 2011

Violent crimes down, but property crimes rise

BARSTOW • Crime fell slightly in Barstow in 2011, as property crimes rose while violent crimes decreased from the year before.

According to statistics by the Barstow Police Department, violent crimes fell by 11 percent from 2010 to 2011. At the same time property crimes, such as burglary, rose 6 percent.

Chief of Police Dianne Burns said she did not feel comfortable commenting on the numbers as she had been out of the office since August 2010. Lt. Albert Ramirez, who served as acting chief of police during Burns’s absence, was not available for comment Friday.

In 2011, the police department investigated three homicides from January to December, half the number of cases the year before. Assaults also went down by 13 percent.

On the other hand, police reported 12 rapes in 2011, a fifty percent jump from the year before. There was also a small increase in the number of robberies.

Barstow police saw a 10 percent increase in the number of larcenies, and a five percent increase in burglaries in 2011. Car theft, however, saw a slight decrease of three percent in 2011.

Crime in Barstow has been decreasing year to year since 2007, previous reports showed.

So far 2012 is following suit, as there were 19 percent fewer crimes in January compared to the same month last year. January statistics show a large decrease in larceny and robbery, as well as smaller decreases in rape, and car theft.

There were, however, more assaults and burglaries in January compared to the same month last year.

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Barstow crime numbers


Total Crimes • 1242
Violent Crimes • 466
Property Crimes • 776


Total Crimes • 1236
Violent Crimes • 415
Property Crimes • 821

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