Chandler police say statistics show they have increased the peace with a proactive approach to serious crimes.
Chandler’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which records serious offenses every six months, shows that the overall crime rate in Chandler is down by 11 percent compared to 2006’s rates at this same time.
“The police department’s mission is to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in Chandler,” said Detective Frank Mendoza, a police spokesman. “Our job is to take bad guys off the streets. We’re crime fighters and are diligently doing our jobs.”
The UCR report shows from January through August 2007, Chandler had an overall decrease of 11 percent in “Part One offenses” while the population increased 1.3 percent. Part One offenses include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. All but two categories showed a drop – homicide increased by 17 percent and robberies experienced no change.
The report shows the biggest reduction in motor vehicle theft, which saw an overall decrease by 22 percent in a period of a year. Mendoza attributes that to a proactive approach by the Motor Vehicle Theft Division.
“The division has a lot of resources available to them and they utilize it to their advantage,” Mendoza said.
Sgt. Kurt Houser, who heads up the motor vehicle theft division, said the department’s planning and research department is providing law enforcement a blueprint to crime through statistics.
“Statistics show us trends and hot spots where car thieves are making their mark,” Houser said. “The data is also providing the times, the types of cars and where criminals are striking.”
Mendoza also attributed proactive approaches from the city’s gang and criminal apprehension unit for putting a dent in other crimes through suppression efforts and warrants.
“What we’re finding is that we’re taking a lot of repeat offenders and putting them behind bars,” Mendoza said. “When they’re off the streets, they’re not doing what they normally do, and that is committing more crimes.”
More community awareness and participation is also helping fight the war against crime. Silent Witness and the department’s Web site, www.chandlerpd.com, allows tips to come in anonymously, which helps solve crimes and apprehend criminals.
“Fighting crime has to be a partnership between the police and the community,” Mendoza said. “Now that there are more resources for people to get involved either through a block watch or anonymously through a Web site, it’s bound to have an impact on crime.”