FBI crime statistics released in mid-September showed that the number of
homicides and property crimes in the city of San Bernardino had significant
year-over-year increases in the year of 2012, the
San Bernardino County Sun recently reported. The surrounding cities of Redlands and Ontario also
had increases in property crime, according to the news story.
Property crime rose by 24% from 2011 to 2012, with Pomona experiencing
a 13% increase and Redlands experience a 14% increase. In comparison,
there was a 0.9% decrease of property crimes on a nationwide scale. In
the news story, San Bernardino's assistant police chief attributed
the increase of the city's property crimes to "personnel cuts
and significant restructuring."
For the year of 2012, 47 homicides are reported as occurring in San Bernardino,
which marked a 56% from 2011. (Since the start of 2013, there have already
been 30 homicides within this city.) Many of the homicides in 2012 are
said to have involved gang violence and drugs. Meanwhile, there were 17
homicides in Pomona in 2012—a 54% increase when compared to 2011.
According to an article published in
The New York Times, San Bernardino's violent crime levels had been steadily decreasing
over the years before the city's spike in homicides occurred. The
article focused on the fact that the city's filing of bankruptcy led
to cuts in its police force.
Crime is definitely an issue that cities need to address. It is important,
however, to remember that not everyone who is accused of committing a
crime actually deserves a finding of guilt. No matter how much crime increases
within a community, anyone accused of a criminal offense should still
receive fair treatment by law enforcement and a fair trial within the
court system. If you have been accused of a crime in the San Bernardino
or Riverside area, make sure you consult with a skilled Riverside criminal
defense lawyer from our law firm, the Law Offices of Grech & Packer.
Contact us so we can provide you with high-quality legal representation in your criminal matter.