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Altadena Crime Declines Sharply in First Half of Year

The crime stats for the Altadena station show crime dropping in every category except for "forcible rape."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released its crime statistics for the first six months of 2011, and the has shown massive improvement in curbing crime compared to the first six months of 2010.

Crime is down in every category except for "forcible rape," where there have been five crimes so far this year compared to three in the same period in 2010.

The biggest turnaround has come in property crimes: The town has seen a decrease of more than 40 percent from this time last year.  The first six months of 2010 were a bad time for property crime in Altadena, with the town having one of the worst rates of property crime in the county. 

Perhaps more notably, the property crime rate is 25 percent lower than the first six months of 2006. 

Crime rates are also well below the county average: around 68 per 10,000 people, compared to about 115 for the county.  Last year, Altadena was above average.

Altadena has also seen a decrease of almost 15 percent in violent crime, though the gives the town one homicide so far this year compared to zero in all of 2010.  So far this year, Altadena has had about 14 violent crimes per 10,000 people, compared to about 25 for the county as a whole.

The decrease in crime coincides strongly with the arrival of a new captain at the Altadena Station, Steve McLean.  There have been about the department since his tenure as well, however.

The full crime statistics can be viewed at right.

Steve Lamb August 19, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Rises and declines i have a thing to do with any law enforcement agency, but are primarily demographics driven. Its how many unemployed males 18-35 do you have, period. When there is a rise in crime law enforcement attempts to place blame, when a decline they attempt to take credit. Both assertions by them are false.
Dickinson August 19, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Are you serious? You write an article about how signficantly the crimes stats have dropped and say that the decrease "coincides strongly" with the arrival of Capt McLean (which we all know is true) but then have to take the kudos away by adding zinger about complaints? Really? Can't you just report that crime is down and it's a result of significant efforts by Capt McLean and his deputies? Oh and I believe Lt Dempsey would tell you that forcible rapes were perpetrated by people known to the victims not a stranger. But not mentioning that may lead folks to believe that we have some sort of serial rapist in our midst. I, along with many others, struggle with your inability to report good things in Altadena without trying to find some way to sensationalize the facts or ending your article with some sort of question to rabble rouse. I thought that aol wanted these Patch publications to be a legitimate news outlet not a tabloid. Sorry, I have seen this over and over again in your articles and it has finally gotten on my last nerve. Going forward, it would be great if, at publication, you can say that, whenever possible, you are making a positive contribution to our little burg along with reporting the facts. I thought news reporting was about the 4 Ws, not how you can incite controversy. Think about it....please. Oh, and congrats to Captain McLean and the Altadena Station deputies. We see the results of your efforts. Thanks for all you do!!!!!
Dickinson August 19, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Okay, so the change in leadership in the Altadena Station, the efforts to become more transparent, the addition of staff, etc. all of which Sheriff Baca has supported because he recognized that we were in trouble have nothing at all to do with it? Go back and look at the stats and see that they started their decline shortly after the arrival of the new team. Can you show us the stats that say that the number of unemployed males 18 - 35 has dropped by the same percentage since last year? If that is the case, please call President Obama because he needs to know what we are doing to lower unemployment by that large a percentage.
Steve Lamb August 19, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Dickenson you are funny! The Patch writes a almost balanced article and that infuriates you. He didnt start with the fact that Altadena has the lowest crime rate of any unincorporated area of LAC, and the least strong and violent members of organized crime, Then we have the most brutally oppressive captain, complaints have soared, many totally innocent people have been jacked by the LACSD for no reason at all, and while crime by citizens is down, unconstitutional crime, the kind that strikes at the very heart of the Republic, and cultural cohesion, is way way way up. Your beloved Captain is not responsible for the decline in citizen crime, but he is responsible for the actions striking at the Heart of the Republic. Well wasnt "Law and Order" the S.A.'s cry in 1932 and 33...?
Charles D August 19, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Thanks Sheriffs department. I once called to report a possible intruder at a vacant home and they responded rather quickly with deputies from both La Crescenta and Altadena Sheriffs department. I mean, they sent about 5 cars which makes me feel safer. About 4 months ago, I was driving along Foothill blvd in La Canada Flintridge, when a another driver side swiped my vehicle. To my surprise, the deputy saw the accident and he was very patient especially with me. I was very agitated because I had just taken delivery of the car and it was still new. He assisted with the exchange of information and was very, very courteous. I'm not sure, if these deputies truly have a brutally oppressive Captain as these deputies appear to be really respectful folks. It's a shame we have to bad mouth them in a forum such as this.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) August 19, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Look Dickinson, this event in November where people voiced these complaints happened. I did not make it up or initiate it or promote it to try to get people to show up to it. It's a factual article. You are free to dismiss those complaints as being not legitimate but it's hardly "inciting controversy" to mention that these issues have been raised by Altadena citizens. I think readers of this site can examine these issues and come to their own conclusions.
Dickinson August 19, 2011 at 04:47 PM
@Dan Abendschein Thanks for the clarification that the complaints to which you were referring occurred 10 months ago. That puts it more into perspective.
lonnie fehr August 22, 2011 at 07:00 PM
complaints , more complaints may mean more interaction with public[ good ] . plus you get some who get a ticket etc , retaliate by filing a complaint or use race card .news reports mostly negative things ,all positive things one usually never knows of .or sees , like for instance chaney trail here , gets patrolled by sheriffs more now ,which helps keep area safe .also usfs has a new LEO[ law enforcement officer ] that has been patrolling etc area .im sure sheriffs dept it is hard at times dealing with the public all day long , and keep the[ smiley] face .

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