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Did burglaries really rise?

Posted: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Regarding The Signal’s Jan. 6 front-page article, “Burglaries on the rise in SCV this past year,” I would like to point out that all is not necessarily as it appears.

The reporting of crimes for any give period of time depends on how many officers are currently on duty. For example, if Santa Clarita had 100 officers in 2012 and 200 officers in 2013, it would be almost a certainty that more crimes would be reported in 2013.

Conversely, if Santa Clarita had 200 officers in 2012 but only 100 in 2013, you can be sure that crimes reported would drop.

So did burglaries really rise? Better check on how they were calculated.



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