Anaheim reports dramatic drop in crime solving | police, crime, solving - News - The Orange County Register
BUDGETS AND CRIME
Since 2002, the Anaheim Police Department's budget has grown by 60 percent, to $114 million, but now includes fewer positions.
Police officials said staffing cuts and crime levels might be related to the crime-solving decline, but the connection isn't clear. At times, staffing levels and clearance rates have moved in opposite directions, and crime levels have only risen in recent years.
Staffing grew slightly between 2002 and 2009 while the city's clearance rate fell from 72 percent to 42 percent. Then, the number of Police Department positions dropped substantially and the rate stayed about the same.
Conklin and Kerry Condon, head of the Anaheim police officers' union, said recent cuts have indirectly pressured violent crime investigators. Exactly how is something like a ripple effect.
When the budget ax fell, the department spared emergency functions and its violent crime units, and slashed its property crime units. Fewer detectives were assigned to investigate burglaries, stolen cars and other thefts.
A few years back, I, your neighbor had my garage broken into and my wife had the receipts for what had been stolen and having bought the items from Wal-mart the serial numbers were on the receipt. A friend of a neighbors son told me that another friend had seen my garage with the door open one day and had come back late at night to lift the far side of the garage door slip in and pull the stuff to the door and out. I reported this to the Police detective in charge of my case by leaving a message on his voice mail. He was out on a leave of absence. A cancer he later said it was. No one worked the case and yes I was told this. I went to the accused kids home and I could clearly see one of my stolen pieces from the window beside the front door. I could clearly see a mark I put on my stuff ( A green paint dot for example). I called the Anaheim PD Detective and was told that he had a THOUSAND more important cases ahead of mine and that having to constantly talk to me was keeping him from solving cases. We argued and I went to the station to get the police report. I paid $3.00 and saw that the information that was given to them was not in the report I paid for.
you have had wheels taken off your car, you've had catalytic converters cut right off your vehicles You've been told to fill out the report online and then never hear from the police about it. I can think of a about 9 to a dozen burglaries, car break-ins, garage break-ins on Crossbow ln. alone that have not been solved.