First months of 2014 show decline in auto thefts

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

March 13, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

Motor vehicle theft in Victoria is down more than 41 percent in 2014.

However, Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig said the shift isn't statistically significant when compared to numbers before 2013.

Ten offenses were reported in January and February, according to statistics released by the Victoria Police Department.

Craig said last year proved to be a heavier year for motor vehicle thefts, with 17 total offenses reported by February.

An average of 10 motor vehicle thefts took place during the same period in 2011 and 2012, according to police records.

All other Class 1 crimes for the year show an increase, with burglary topping the list at 17 percent. There were 33 burglaries in February, bringing the year's total to 81.

Craig said, "I don't like that they're trending up, but it's only 12 more incidents," than last year. "February crime statistics show that crime is steady - I'm not alarmed."

Craig said the vast majority of reported burglaries were residential. Many, he said, were the result of a front door left unlocked.

"You can't do that," he said. "Lock your doors and keep your garage locked."



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