Dare we call it a comeback?
After a 2012 that broke homicide record after homicide record, murder in Stockton is down so far in 2013 a whopping 64 percent.
“Last year at this time, we had 43 homicides. Today, we’re at 15,” said Officer Joseph Silva of the Stockton Police Department.
It’s in part due to large sweeps conducted by the FBI and Department of Justice to bust up gangs behind a lion’s share of the violence.
“Going after violent criminals and gang members and getting those guns off the street that would be used in that type of crime, ” Silva told FOX40.
The sweeps coupled with a growing Stockton PD putting more boots on the ground and a fed up community, no longer turning a blind eye to crime seem to have turned the tide, “Reporting crimes and submitting tips like we’ve never seen before – which is helping our investigators zero in on the right suspects,” Silva said.
It’s not all good news.
While most crime stats are down across the board, arson is up 30 percent. It’s something Stockton detectives can’t quite put a finger on.
“We are definitely looking at why arson went up. We don’t have any serial arsonists in the city of Stockton. It’s more of just a crime of opportunity from what we’ve seen,” Silva said.
To see a chart illustrating Stockton’s crime stats for the month of July, click here.