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Crime: Young people, Canyon Country residents make up a large group of January arrests

Posted: February 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

More than a quarter of all the people arrested in January by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station lived outside the SCV.

Because the Santa Clarita Valley is sandwiched between the Los Angeles area and the Antelope Valley and bordered by two major traffic arteries — Interstate 5 and Highway 14 — it’s not surprising that a relatively large number of people arrested locally aren’t from the area, said sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris.

“Any suburban community is pretty easily accessible in terms of thoroughfare,” Harris said. “It’s not uncommon for some arrested to be from out of the area and either visiting Santa Clarita or passing through.”

An analysis of the Sheriff’s Department booking log for January also indicated the number of Canyon Country residents arrested was nearly double the number arrested from Newhall and almost triple the number from Valencia and Saugus.

Canyon Country residents accounted for 29 percent of the arrests at 92 total. During the same time, 48 people from Newhall, 32 people from Valencia and 27 people from Saugus were arrested by deputies.

Harris said it’s impossible to determine if Canyon Country residents are routinely arrested at a higher rate than others based on one month’s report.

While arrest data is collected and scrutinized by a data analyst at the station, historical arrest data was not immediately available Friday, he said.

While the data may be limited, it does show young people were most likely to be arrested than older residents, at least in January.

About 42 percent of the 318 people arrested by deputies last month were between 18 to 25 years old.

Harris said one possible explanation for the high number of youth arrests may be the station’s Juvenile Intervention Team, which works with school resource deputies to investigate possible drug crimes.

“A primary focus of Capt. (Paul) Becker is ridding drugs from the community and protecting our youth,” Harris said. “You’re seeing the results in some of those efforts.”


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