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Lamorinda Burglaries and Clearance Rates Between 2002-2011

Ten years of crime statistics show that clearance rates vary from year to year.

A post last week about a monthly meeting of Lamorinda's three police chiefs sparked a wide-ranging discussion that touched on everything from the Second Amendment to the definition of "meh."

Among the comments was a request for the clearance rate for burglaries in Lamorinda. You can see that information below for all three jurisdictions along with the number of burglaries in each community between 2002 and 2011. 

Lafayette Burglaries and Clearance Rates
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Residential Burglary 43 45 88 60 81 81 86 81 74 83 Night 6 3 12 10 7 6 8 10 2 6 Day 19 16 26 26 30 38 37 28 43 45 Unknown Time 18 26 50 24 44 37 41 43 29 32 Non-Residential Burglary 60 53 83 52 38 36 41 48 42 27 Clearance Rate (residential & non-residential) 11.65 14.29 15.20 18.75 10.08 12.82 8.66 13.18 10.34 6.36 Source: California Department of Justice

 

Moraga Burglaries and Clearance Rates 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Residential Burglary 23 23 18 16 18 26 18 17 23 29 Night 11 11 6 5 4 4 5 4 7 13 Day 8 7 6 4 5 13 6 6 13 9 Unknown Time 4 5 6 7 9 9 7 7 3 7 Non-Residential Burglary 18 27 16 15 25 17 27 17 16 5 Clearance Rate (Includes residential & non-residential) 7.32 4.00 2.94 9.68 4.65 4.65 4.44 8.82 5.13 35.29 Source: California Department of Justice 

 

Orinda Burglaries and Clearance Rates 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Residential Burglary 66 45 44 27 52 61 58 48 24 60 Night 4 2 3 3 4 3 4 2 2 4 Day 18 6 21 16 21 29 18 19 10 36 Unknown Time 44 37 20 8 27 29 36 27 12 20 Non-Residential Burglary 25 20 22 24 25 28 34 34 15 23 Clearance Rate (Includes residential & non-residential) 13.19 7.69 21.21 9.80 5.19 4.49 13.04 6.10 12.82 12.05 Source: California Department of Justice
susan v February 20, 2013 at 03:05 PM
what does "clearance rate" mean?
Alex Gronke (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM
While some agencies can define it slightly differently, it usually means that a charge has been filed and/or an arrest has been made.
Informed Citizen February 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
What is very clear is that (1) Residential Burglaries are trending up since Gov. Brown instituted his State Prison Realignment (whereby tens of thousands of hardened felons are released to our cash-strapped Counties, who in turn release many to our streets), and (2) in most years, between 6%-12% of all burglaries result in an arrest. The rest remain unsolved or uninvestigated. In 2011, the last reported year, Lafayette did a particular poor job at "solving" burglary cases, with 6/110 resulting in arrest. That's a 5% "clearance" rate. I predict that all California cities and towns will begin to publicize the the drop in public safety concurrently with the roll-out of the Governor's planned reforms of Prop 13, to lower property tax thresholds from Constitutional 66% margins to 55%, in the case of public safety agencies like police and fire (and roads). However, this will be a deception, because the real financial meltdown is the horrific underfunding public pension and health care benefits. Moodys Investor Service is about to release new pension funding standards/formula lowering assumed public pension fund returns from the laughably unrealistic 7.8% to a still ambitious 5.5%. (CALPERS did not even achieve a 4% return last year.) This alone will triple the unfunded pension liability statewide if not nationwide. http://www.yourpublicmoney.com/data/data/moodysimpact_6counties.pdf Contra Costa is the poster child for pension mismanagement. Brace for impact.
Jodie February 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Thank you Susan V and Alex! I was a bit confused by that as well!
BabyDaddy February 20, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Bwahahahahahaha.
c5 February 20, 2013 at 05:37 PM
We need to get those guys away from Lafayette towards Moraga and Orinda! It's all about making your house, your neighborhood, and your town less attractive than the one next to you...We should all be doing that.
Bailey Lee February 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
There must be a typo for Moraga's clearance rate in 2011.
Louise Benvenue February 20, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Dear Informed, Congratulations! You have just won the "Spin this Story" Fox News Prize for the day. The goal, of course, is to tie every ill, no matter how large or small, to any democratic endorsed policy, ignoring all other factors; piling on as much BS evidence as possible, and predicting even more dire outcomes. "Brace for impact." Oh, how I shudder.
Alex Gronke (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 06:13 PM
That caught my attention as well Bailey. But that's what the Cal DoJ reported. If you haven't seen it yet, the AG has radically improved its crime stats site. Check it out here: http://oag.ca.gov/crime/cjsc/criminal-justice-profiles
BabyDaddy February 20, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Lafayette has more homes located directly near Hwy 24 on/off ramps, making it a more attractive city for criminals. My suggestion is to close the Lafayette BART station and Lafayette's Hwy 24 ramps. Let's funnel that mess over to Orinda.
BabyDaddy February 20, 2013 at 08:24 PM
My suggestion to close the Lafayette BART station is based on the PITA traffic it generates. If we close the Hwy 24 ramps the traffic issue may resolve. Then we could keep it. If not, close it.
c5 February 20, 2013 at 09:18 PM
But in Lafayette we have a much higher ratio of local residents getting speeding tickets than any of those other towns!
David February 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM
There is California Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI criteria for closing cases. Every police department sends their arrest (and certain other) stats to DOJ monthly. A short definition of when PDs can "close" a case is: An offense is cleared by arrest, or solved for crime reporting purposes, when at least one person is (1) arrested, (2) charged with the commission of the offense, and (3) turned over to the court for prosecution (whether following arrest, court summons, or police notice). There is also a way to close a case "by exceptional means," but I'll spare you the details. My overall concern is whether or not the law enforcement agency is doing all that it reasonably can do to solve crimes and catch & try to charge the suspect(s).
Informed Citizen February 21, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Yes, c5, and in fact the drop in "cleared" cases in 2011, to abysmally low 5%, corresponds to Lafayette's deploying two full time officers to traffic citations on brand new motorcycles acquired solely for this purpose.
Dive Turn Work February 21, 2013 at 05:58 AM
Don't speed and you won't get ticketed. I've never seen these motorcycle cops and don't believe they exist. But then again I don't drive with my cell phone stuck to my ear like the local Lafayette morons nor do I speed.
K February 22, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Its the "Wire" right here in Lamorinda!
TMoraga February 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM
BART is the Thief's best tool to do his work. Hop on and ride some place pick up a few nice things maybe even snag a car to haul your loot home. There isn't a town with a BART station that doesn't have this issue. As for Lafayette Cops? I was at the Moraga Commons and watched a Lafayette Motorcycle cop pull over a mini van that had to have been doing 50mph past the park. I bet he followed that van all the way up the hill from Lafayette. LOL

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