Reports of Crime Barely Increase Overall

A Burbank crime chart shows little change between Jan. and June 2020 to 2021

Despite a recent rise in major crimes reported to the Burbank Police Department, the number of reports made in the first half of this year changed little from the figure for the same period in 2020.

BPD data shows there were 236 “Part 1 index crimes” reported in June, an increase of 33.3% month on month. The leap appears to be partially due to the higher number of thefts, 183, compared with May’s total, 139. Theft is by far the most common Part 1 index crime in Burbank.

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Crime-Fighting Custodians Honored

The custodians claimed it wasn’t a big deal, but school officials and community members at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting disagreed, lauding four men for thwarting a carjacking attempt on Feb. 15 in the La Cañada High School parking lot.

OUTOOK photo Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.
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Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.

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