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Addressing Property Crimes

October - 2013

Recent federal crime statistics indicate decreases in burglary and no change in thefts nationwide. However, property crimes continue to be a concern in the Yuba/Sutter area. We have witness a surge of auto thefts and burglaries in recent months. Each of our officers respond to dozens of calls a day, many regarding property crimes. Auto thefts, residential burglaries, counterfeit money, and thefts from unlocked vehicles are all commonly encountered property crimes. I am relieved that our nation is not doing worse statistically, but we need to do our part to improve our ability to prevent and address these crimes.

Beginning on January 1, 2014, I will be introducing a community oriented response to crime that enables you to get involved and for all of us to work together towards our common goal. The COPPS program will be a large scale program and I will update you with new information about the program in the coming months. In the meantime, here are some of the ways we are currently addressing the issue.

Our Website

As part of our commitment to you, I would like to introduce the newest page on our website. The Crime Prevention Tips page encourages citizens of Marysville to evaluate their habits and make an effort to minimize their risk of being victimized. Although many of the tips may seem like common sense, the majority of property crimes we encounter could have been prevented by these tips. The tips include theft from vehicles, burglary, auto theft, and counterfeit money. Please take a look and share the information with your family and friends.

The average loss incurred during a residential burglary was $2000.

From 1994 to 2011, the largest percentage of completed burglaries consistently involved the theft of personal items (such as clothing, furs, luggage, briefcases, jewelry, watches and keys) and appliances or electronics (such as TVs, DVD players, and portable electronic devices).

An estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average. *

Volunteers

Our robust volunteer program is comprised of crime conscious and helpful individuals who want to keep you and your property safe. They regularly patrol the streets in their volunteer vehicle and on foot. They radio in suspicious activity, perform requested home checks, and work hard to educate others of crime prevention techniques. To learn more about our Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program, please click here.

If I were a Thief

…then you would be a victim. In an attempt to prevent crimes, we are dispatching our officers, volunteers and citizens to look out for potential victims in the community. Citizens who leave valuables in plain view, leave doors and windows unlocked, or allow newspapers to accumulate may receive a knock on their door and/or one of our informational flyers informing them of their risk. This is just another way we can work together to prevent these crimes.

Neighborhood Watch

The Marysville Police Department strongly encourages you start or join a Neighborhood Watch Program. We are willing to help you start, coordinate, and maintain a program in your neighborhood. The program allows you to meet your neighbors, discuss your concerns, and get one-on-one contact with members of the department. To learn more about our Neighborhood Watch Program, please click here. To contact our Neighborhood Watch liason, call or email Sgt. Troy Koski.

Our Doors are Open

Thank you for getting involved in protecting your city. We encourage your feedback and participation. If you have any constructive ideas, please contact us. Also, if you ever have any questions, feel free to call or visit the police department. We are happy to speak with you.


Sincerely,
Dave Baker

*Bureau of Justice Statistics

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