VAN NUYS (CBS) — A sharp increase in the number of auto and residential burglaries in the San Fernando Valley may be the result of a controversial early-release program for prison inmates, police said Friday.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the trend was first spotted shortly after New Year’s Day.

Burglaries in Encino, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Reseda and Tarzana are up 26 percent since Jan. 1., where about 30 cars a week are getting broken into compared with a normal average of about 20.

In the Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks area, car break-ins have jumped to as high as three times the normal rate.

LAPD Captain Paul Snell with the Van Nuys Division said while there is still no statistical evidence linking the increased number of parolees to the recent rise in crime, he said many of the crooks they have busted fit that category.

“We’re seeing a number of repeat offenders that are causing an increase, particularly in Van Nuys,” Snell said.

The remarks come on the heels of recent comments from Mayor John Solis of La Puente linking the state prison realignment plan with an uptick in violent crime in his city, where sexual assaults and assaults with guns and knives jumped as high as 300 percent.

Police have responded by assigning a special unit that focuses specifically on parolees along with a property crimes detail to maximize the department’s resources.

“What we do, we move the officers or our resources around to target specific problems so that when there are spikes they’re not long-term spikes,” said Snell.

Despite the trouble spots, property crime has dropped by 8 percent and violent crime is down throughout the San Fernando Valley, while the number of burglary arrests is up 45 per cent over the past three weeks.

Comments (4)
  1. Fed up American says:

    And since the band-aid assist by the police won’t make a drastic difference, what do you expect valley residents do? Take it without lube obviously. So, I then purpose allowing upstanding citizens of the valley to form safety groups and be allowed to open carry and self patrol their neighborhoods. Moonbeam Brown, you are an idiot and should be sucked into a black hole to never be seen again. Beck, your decision on giving illegal’s drivers license is ridiculous. If you want to control the crime problem, let the people get involved. If you want to control the illegals, set up a program allowing all illegals be allowed to turn themselves in, pay a steep fine, show proof of employment, take the immigration naturalization course, pay for it, then become productive members of society. After lets say 3-6 months, any illegal will now be deported who did not turn themselves in and in that 6 months, triple security at the borders can be made to prevent cheaters in. I figured it out, why can’t the dumb azz in politics do that.

  2. Glock Lover says:

    They will be greeted by my beautiful black glock with laser pointed right at their kneecaps.

  3. Marty says:

    Locked & loaded under my couch baby.

  4. GROWAPAIR says:

    Medication won’t help the limp d!ck puS$y dumbf**k lee. It comes from having Robert Hale’s balls up its ass. It can only copy and paste to let everyone know it’s a puS$y dumbf**k. Count how many screen names the puS$y d!cklicker uses, it’s not difficult and everyone knows it’s the sh!tbreath

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