La Cañada Flintridge is getting safer, but that’s not stopping thieves from taking advantage of easy targets like unlocked cars. Despite an overall drop in serious crimes from this time last year, as reported by Capt. David Silversparre, commander of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, larcenies and thefts have seen a spike over the last two months.
Still, Silversparre said that the overall trend of the crime rate is a move in the right direction. La Cañada has seen 32 fewer serious crimes year-to-date compared to 2010, and 167 fewer than compared to 2009. Serious crimes, or part one offenses, is a category comprised of homicide, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, grand theft auto and arson.
Violent crimes overall dropped compared to last year, from six robberies to two and from nine aggravated assaults to seven, although there have been two rapes thus far this year compared to one each in the two previous years.