Crime Spikes in Rosemead

The happy talk from the incumbents to the contrary, we're in the midst of a disturbing spike in Part 1 (serious) crimes in Rosemead.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has current crime information available at this website. From there, on the left side of your screen, there's a link for YTD: PRELIMINARY Crime Stats." Click on that, and a large .pdf file will download.

Alternatively, this link will download the .pdf directly. Or you can go to the Sheriff's home page, www.lasd.org, then click on the Crime Prevention link, then follow the directions above.

Once you get the .pdf open, go to Pages 113-115 of that file. That's where the Temple Station stats are located. What you'll see is a 139.78% increase in robbery in Rosemead versus last year, a 60.22% increase in aggravated assaults, a 76.86% increase in burglaries, a 37.13% increase in larceny thefts, and an overall 29.51% increase in all Part 1 crimes versus a year ago.

This is just comparing January 2013 to January 2012. However, I've looked elsewhere and confirmed that crime rates will also be up similar rates for February 2013 versus February 2012, as well. I'm not sure if they'll have the figures posted on the Sheriff's website before the election, though.

Take a closer look at the table that downloads. You'll see that the Part 1 crime rate (the number of crimes per 10,000 population) for Rosemead is significantly higher than for any other city in Temple Station's patrol area. It's also higher than for the unincorporated areas in Temple Station.

You can do the math to check, but the crime rate is roughly 40% higher in Rosemead than in South El Monte and over 50% higher in Rosemead than in Temple City and Duarte. It is over 100% higher in Rosemead than in the unincorporated areas of Temple Station and in Bradbury.

Just some food for thought.

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Crime Spikes

The article is misleading when using percentages, January is the first month of the year so based upon the low numbers, any increase will appear larger if you review it by percentage rather than by the actual number. Rosemead has a larger population than the other areas and handles twice as many calls for service. When viewed by decreases in crime, Rosemead has had a far greater decrease than any other area.

Actually, you have it

Actually, you have it backwards. Because of the smaller populations in the other areas, a few additional crimes there would have a much larger impact on their crime rate. For a city with a larger population, increases in the crime rate require more incidents to have an impact on the rates. Besides, the article notes that it's based on January (the same time period for all areas), and that if you add in February, the crime rate numbers will look even worse. Then you're up to 1/6 of the year with a dramatic increase in crime rates. At what point would you wait before becoming concerned about the trend towards MUCH higher crime rates than any of the neighboring areas, including areas that are poorer than Rosemead.

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