Stockton Police Release July Crime Stats

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

STOCKTON-

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s