Vallejo's 2012 violent crime story re...

Vallejo's 2012 violent crime story reveals increase in gunfire, street weapons

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 2, 2013
Vallejo's 2012 violent crime story reveals increase in gunfire, street weapons
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2229...

As Vallejo closed the 2012 calendar, a look back at the violence that captured community and media attention shows that the numbers alone tell only part of the story.

There were 21 reported homicides in Vallejo, however, six were fatal officer-involved shootings and one a shooting death of an alleged robber by a store owner.

Not including those incidents, Vallejo saw 14 homicides, the lowest since 2010; with 17 and 18 in 2010 and 2011.

The count also does not include a shooting death in January on Reis Avenue in Vallejo's unincorporated area, which is under the jurisdiction of the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

However, Vallejo police said even a lower number is still unacceptable.

"Any is too many," Lt. Jim O'Connell said. "Our goal is to work with the community to make sure that these things don't happen."

Over the last decade, Vallejo had the fewest homicides in 2003 and 2006 with six.

O'Connell said a trend he's noticed is the increasing number of guns found, and seized by officers. In fact, 11 of the non officer-involved 14 homicide victims died of gunshot wounds.

"Without the benefits of any statistics in front of me, I can say that there's a lot more weapons on the street ... a lot more taken off the streets by our officers," O'Connell said.

O'Connell said most of the seized guns were stolen, or bought through straw purchase. A straw purchase is when a person buys a weapon for another who is otherwise unqualified to buy one.

"These aren't bad guys that buy the guns legally," he said.

Many guns were stolen during home burglaries, said O'Connell, who also urged residents "to be our eyes and ears. We need them to call us."

FBI statistics show an increase in Vallejo burglaries -- from 2,249 in 2010, to 2,468 in 2011. The numbers of both violent and property crimes also rose in those years. The 2012 data was not immediately available.

There were no reported homicides in Benicia or American Canyon in 2012.
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#2 Jan 2, 2013
guns! guns! guns! flying lead in vtown! crime up! we will all be prisoners when more police leave and the thug count goes up, looking for that opportunity. it's a damn shame our motto is "city of opportunity", for criminals! good lord, we need police officers on the streets! we can't "shop vallejo first" if we are afraid to be on the streets! no wonder so many vallejoans are seeing each other shopping and dining in neighboring towns!
anon

Vallejo, CA

#3 Jan 2, 2013
hate them all wrote:
guns! guns! guns! flying lead in vtown! crime up! we will all be prisoners when more police leave and the thug count goes up, looking for that opportunity. it's a damn shame our motto is "city of opportunity", for criminals! good lord, we need police officers on the streets! we can't "shop vallejo first" if we are afraid to be on the streets! no wonder so many vallejoans are seeing each other shopping and dining in neighboring towns!
Why weren't you concerned when chief Nick was around with his screwy Weekday/Weekend shifts and replacing as many non sworns with sworns as possible. This put fewer cops on the street.
East Vallejo Castaway

Vallejo, CA

#4 Jan 2, 2013
We haven't spent a dime in Vallejo during the last three years or so. We live close enough to Benicia to shop and dine there exclusively. We have added alarms and security lights. It's very depressing to know our property is worthless to all but an investor who would turn it into a rental.
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#5 Jan 2, 2013
anon wrote:
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Why weren't you concerned when chief Nick was around with his screwy Weekday/Weekend shifts and replacing as many non sworns with sworns as possible. This put fewer cops on the street.
why aren't you concerned NOW?
obamas son

Hayward, CA

#6 Jan 2, 2013
every police officer should be on the street not in the office, you can hire liberal paperpushers for that at minimum wage
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#7 Jan 2, 2013
i agree son, we can restaff the administrative side of the pd with the 3.2 mil marti and stephy are experimenting with. as more police leave, we are going to have to deploy all sworn. there are a lot of retired officers that would take a desk job in a consulting category with no bennies.
of course, they will be attacked as greedy double-dippers.
GEE

Danville, CA

#8 Jan 2, 2013
hate them all wrote:
i agree son, we can restaff the administrative side of the pd with the 3.2 mil marti and stephy are experimenting with. as more police leave, we are going to have to deploy all sworn. there are a lot of retired officers that would take a desk job in a consulting category with no bennies.
of course, they will be attacked as greedy double-dippers.
I am not against any retired/sworn officer taking a desk job without bennies, however, do we not have many people looking for jobs, those who have a clean record and thereby qualify to take a desk job with the PD, even if it were possible with limited bennies. But wait, the union probably will not allow that,.... insert any type of reason of your liking.
bioya

Vallejo, CA

#9 Jan 2, 2013
"I am not against any retired/sworn officer taking a desk job without bennies"
yeah? then stfu!
GEE

Danville, CA

#10 Jan 2, 2013
bioya wrote:
"I am not against any retired/sworn officer taking a desk job without bennies"
yeah? then stfu!
Who are you asshat? Take your own advice and shuffle off!
Laura

Vacaville, CA

#11 Jan 2, 2013
Osby is working on this crap!

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