Duarte remains as one of the safest City in the San Gabriel Valley.In 2013 Duarte saw the lowest Part 1 crime totals in over 10 years with an overall 19% decrease in violent and property crimes when compared to 2012. These exceptional numbers are the results of the prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts of the Public Safety Department, combined with innovative community outreach and tremendous collaboration from our community leaders and residents.
Property crimes dropped by nineteen percent. The community, specifically those involved in neighborhood watch did a great job at keeping people informed of home burglaries and prevention methods. Residential burglaries dropped by nearly 24%, from 72 to 55 when compared to 2012. There also was a 12.5% increase in other burglaries which went from 32 to 36. Most of these burglaries were comprised of retail crime.
The Public Safety Realignment Act of 2012 will continue to impact us into 2014. County jails have reached capacity and have thus created a revolving door in the criminal justice system. Studies were conducted the first part of 2013 and an evidence-based crime prevention plan was created. The City of Duarte has entered a partnership with the City of Pasadena and the Flintridge Center in order to help reduce the recidivism rate and curtail criminal activity. This program is funded by a state grant and will kick off in 2014 and run into 2016.
Gang related violence will continue to be discussed with community leaders and city officials as the Community Mediation Team, the advisory body to prevention and intervention programs will meet throughout the year. Staff, leaders, and city and county officials will continue to strive to find the best and least costly practices to a comprehensive approach to combat all violence and improve the quality of life for all in the City of Duarte and adjacent areas.
Your support means a lot to us but what we value most is your willingness to participate in community events. A strong neighborhood makes all of the difference in crime prevention efforts. Please continue to be vigilant and call in all suspicious persons or suspicious behavior and follow our tips on how to stay connected.
Please take this time to prepare your homes and your families for emergencies. There are numerous websites that can help you get started (www.ready.gov). We all hope to never face an emergency but just remember “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”
We all hope to never face an emergency but just remember “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Director of Public Safety, Brian Villalobos
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Reported Residential Burglaries
Please stay alert and if you see something, say something! Do not become a victim and follow these important Residential Burglary Prevention Tips.
January 2014: 3 Burglaries
400 Block of Mel Canyon Rd. Area 12
On Thursday, January 2 between 7:00 and 7:15 pm while the resident was in the home the unknown suspect(s) entered an open garage and an unlocked vehicle and stole a briefcase containing an Ipad and $1,750 worth of gift cards and a check book.
500 Block of Royal View St. Area 9
Between 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10 and 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 13 while the owner was away, the vacant home which was being remodeled was entered through the front door, there were no signs of forced entry. It appears that the unknown suspects backed a truck (no description available) to the front door and loaded the following stainless steel appliances: stove, refrigerator, and microwave.
800 Block of Cotter Ave. Area 12
On Monday, January 27, between 11:43 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. while the resident was away suspect(s) unknown entered the home through an unknown point of entry and stole gold jewelry, $500 in US Currency, and a Marc Jacobs purse.
February 2014: 4 Burglaries
800 Block of Cotter Ave. Area 2
On Monday, January 27, between 11:43 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. while the resident was away suspect(s) unknown entered the home through an unknown point of entry and stole gold jewelry, $500 in US Currency and a Marc Jacobs purse.
1500 Block of First St. Area 2
On Tuesday, February 4, between 9:40 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. while the resident was away suspect(s) unknown entered the home after prying open a side door and stole an acoustic guitar and a silver ring.
2300 Block of High Mesa Dr. Area 8
On Wednesday, February 12, between 10:30 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. while the resident was away suspect unknown entered the home after shattering a read sliding glass door and stole a gray safe containing jewelry and US currency. A suspicious African American Male approximately 6 ft. tall 200 lbs. clean shaven with short hair driving a dark colored SUV or Mini Van with the plate blocked by a piece of paper was seen in the driveway of the burglarized home at approximately 12:20 p.m.
1400 Block of Random St. Area 7
On Wednesday, February at approximately 11:30 a.m., while the owner was away from home, an unknown 23 year old male of African American descent entered the home after prying a screen off the kitchen window. The suspect proceeded to take items outside the home through the front door and stashed them around the corner from the house. He appears to have been on foot and alone. A nearby neighbor noticed this suspicious activity and called Temple Station. The suspect was arrested and booked on charges of home burglary. This individual had two prior convictions. All items were recovered and returned to the owner, a shot gun was amongst the items recovered
March 2014: 2 Burglaries
1600 Block of Buena Vista St. Area 3
Between Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday, March 10 unknown suspect(s) entered the unoccupied home through a back door and stole approximately $2,000 worth of tools and equipment which was being used for the remodeling of the property. No suspects were seen in or around the area.
3400 Block of Deerlane Dr. Area 12
On Thursday, March 13, at approximately 12:00 p.m. unknown suspect stole a purse containing personal items while the garage door was open and the owner was in the house. A suspicious vehicle described as a beige truck driven by a male white in his 40’s with short hair and brown eyes was seen around the time of the incident.