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Theft from cars remains most prevalent crime in Newhall

Posted: May 24, 2012 6:37 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2012 6:37 p.m.

Violent crime in Newhall has dropped slightly, but vehicle break-ins are still a routine problem, a sheriff's official said Thursday.

"The most prevalent crime in Newhall from my perspective is theft from cars," Deputy Josh Dubin said.

Most vehicle burglaries in Newhall occur near Valle Del Oro, he said.

"People are getting their valuables - purses, GPSs and other items - stolen from their vehicles," Dubin said.

"If you absolutely have to leave anything in your car, leave it in the trunk instead of in plain view," he said.

Deputies in Newhall responded to 17 reports of violent crime from May 7 to May 13 compared to seven reports of violent crime from May 14 through Sunday, Dubin said.

"The decrease is directly due to the way we've been deploying our resources to fight crime in the community," he said. "And it's also due to members of the community communicating directly with us."

Monthly crime reports issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department list homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as violent crimes.

Most violent crimes in Newhall are not random occurrences, Dubin said.

"A lot of the violent crimes we respond to are domestic-type incidents where the people involved have known each other for a while," he said.

Still, deputies do find themselves responding to violent crimes in Newhall committed by suspects who have never met their victims, such as a May 16 robbery, Dubin said.

"The victim was approached by an unidentified Hispanic male who asked him, ‘Do you have any money? May I have a dollar?"' Dubin said in a Thursday news release. "When the victim pulled out his wallet to give the unidentified male a dollar, the male grabbed the victim's wallet out of his hand and fled the area on foot."

Dubin is one of eight Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station "zone leaders." Each zone leader is responsible for reviewing crime occurring on a daily basis in his or her individual zone.

Together, the zone leaders comprise the station's Crime Prevention Team, Dubin said.

As Zone 6 leader, Dubin reviews crime in Newhall.




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