Reports of Major Crimes Mostly Decrease, but Burglaries Rise

This article was originally published in the Burbank Leader on Aug. 28

Reports of most major crimes in Burbank decreased last month, according to city police data, though burglaries continued to see an increase.
The Burbank Police Department received 224 reports of Part 1 Index Crimes in July, down from 236 in May. Thefts, by far the most common such crime in the city, fell from 183 to 160 over the same period.
The department has recorded 1,347 Part 1 Index Crime reports from January through July this year — the lowest total for the year’s first seven months in at least 10 years. In 2020, 1,545 crimes were reported for the same period.
Law enforcement agencies often examine Part 1 crimes — which include murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies, burglaries, thefts and auto thefts — to gauge trends. Continue reading “Reports of Major Crimes Mostly Decrease, but Burglaries Rise”

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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