2018 crime reports show an increase in theft from cars
An annual report from the Grand Junction Police Department shows the ebb and flow in 2018.
“It gives us an opportunity to look at what’s being reported in our community and where we can best focus our efforts. Those are reported crimes to the police department: not necessarily any crimes that an arrest occurred from,” says Heidi Davidson with GJPD.
One of the most notable statistics: Theft from automobiles.
“Over the five year average of theft from auto, in 2018 there was an increase in 25% of reported thefts from auto,” says Davidson.
Residents like Sean Pierce say his neighborhood has been seeing the effects.
“It’s something that I actually heard before I moved into this area. That it has happened in this neighborhood before,” says Pierce.
Recently two minors were arrested in connection to a string of car break-ins in the city. All of the cars were reportedly left unlocked.
“This isn’t a crime that’s been planned or meditated. There’s nothing to it that really involved anything special. There’s no tools. It’s just a crime of opportunity. It’s one of those things where if you leave your doors unlocked, then people are going to take advantage,” says Pierce.
Even for the smallest of incidents, GJPD wants you to let them know: “We need that comprehensive data. We need to know where this criminal activity is occurring so that we can look for patterns and trends,” says Davidson.
Police are looking forward to further collecting data and focusing it towards the areas that need it most. GJPD also encourage people to use the website https://arcgis-app.gjcity.org/Public%20Safety%20Map%20External/ , where they can take a look at a public safety map. It allows you to see the reported crimes in your neighborhood.