Tuesday, March 3, 2009
All crime declines
A press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that they were "proud" to report that auto
thefts had declined 30 percent. A simple search on Google News will show that many other municipalities are celebrating monumental
victories agains car thieves as evidenced through the decline in auto thefts. What the press releases failed to mention is
that all crime in every category is down according to the FBI and the 30 percent decline in auto thefts is hardly unique.
Other municipalities are reporting declines of over 40 percent and large ones like Phoenix are also reporting nearly 30 percent
declines. Las Vegas is still a heavyweight as a contender for the top spot as the number one place to steal a car. Nevada
ranks number two right now. So while we have declined significantly, so has everyone else mainly because other cities are
taking it seriously now too. Washington police have set up fake chop shops to nab car thieves, Las Vegas uses bait cars and
tactics like driving a bait car with an officer in it to a shopping mall and then jumping out angrily and marching away without
locking up. Apparently thieves like to just hang around in parking lots and wait for people to leave their cars unlocked.
So far one of the most successful components of reducing auto thefts has been public education campaigns, just telling people
to lock their cars, take their expensive stuff with them or hide it. Tonight every Las Vegas metro substation in the valley
will be dedicated to the public education campaign.
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