HPD: Fewer Burglaries in 09

Brent Finnegan -- January 13th, 2010

The HPD says there were 26 percent fewer (reported) burglaries in Harrisonburg in 2009 than in 2008. Here are the numbers they announced today:

2007 –- 264 burglaries
2008 –- 254 burglaries
2009 –- 187 burglaries.

4 Responses to “HPD: Fewer Burglaries in 09”

  1. Of course, this probably rings hollow for my friends, whose house was broken into the night of December 30.

  2. Interestingly, one would think that a down economy like we are going through would see an uptick in burglaries in 2009…or at the least, the number would hold steady. However, it appears that number held steady until 2009.

    However, a reduction in burglaries is always a good thing.

    Fascinating…what does everyone think the reason behind this reduction is?

  3. Lowell Fulk says:

    That’s easy Phil… Who was president in 2009?

    But that was just a poke. Seriously:

    What are the numbers of section 8 housing for the same time period? What became of the folks who used to live in the housing which is now being unavailable due to upgrades?

    How much funding was made available to offset the effects of poverty and unemployment by stimulus funds?

    And if, when, stimulus funds run out in 2010, the desperate will become more desperate, public safety’s ability to respond and investigate and prosecute will be reduce by at least as much as Governor Kaine has proposed, and by more when Governor Elect McDonnell and the strong majority in the House have their way, I wonder what the trend will reflect?

  4. Deb SF says:

    There were a series of stories in mid December about crime rates dropping nationwide, 6 months of FBI data in what historically has been a noisy series. Potential explanations range from extended UE benefits and food stamps, more people home during the day, improved security systems, and tech-driven “smart police” efforts.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/21/us-crime-rate-falling-des_n_399927.html

    “Overall, property crimes fell by 6.1 percent, and violent crimes by 4.4 percent, according to the six-month data collected by the FBI. Crime rates haven’t been this low since the 1960’s, and are nowhere near the peak reached in the early 1990’s.”

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