Statistics show dip in violent crime in Glendale

Violent crime declined in Glendale through May compared to the same time a year ago, but smaller crimes such as petty theft saw an increase, according to statistics released by the Glendale Police Department.

So far this year, there have been 75 violent crimes, which include rape, robbery and aggravated assault, down slightly from 78 which were reported in the first five months of last year.

One thing that remains unchanged, so far, is the number of murders — none. There were also no murders reported in the first five months of last year.

However, property crimes — made up of residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries and petty theft — shot up by 73 incidents between January and May to 1,338, according to the statistics.

There was a drop in vehicle burglaries, which went from 224 incidents through May of last year to 182 so far this year.

The statistics show there were 714 petty thefts reported between January and May this year, up from 608 during the same time last year.

Looking at other types of crime, the number of domestic-violence cases was almost unchanged, with 115 year-to-date cases reported, up by just one from last year, according to the statistics.

The number of identity thefts saw a spike of 54 cases, bringing the total through May to 219, while 165 were reported during the same time period in 2013.

Reported vandalism remained relatively steady as 276 cases were investigated by the police through May, compared to 270 during the first five months of last year.


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