Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crime In Costa Mesa Continues To Climb


This afternoon Jeremiah Dobruck published an article in the Daily Pilot, HERE, outlining the continued upward climb of serious crime in Costa Mesa.

I'm not going to try to paraphrase the content of this distressing article, except to note that Katrina Foley seems to have it right - too few cops on the street result in increased crime.

For your enlightenment, below I've captured the last three months of crime stats as released by the Costa Mesa Police Department, including the June numbers which were released today.  Take a couple minutes to glance down the three charts and see if you feel comfortable... I sure don't.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Absolutely right. Too few cops to cover, and the criminals know it. As we speak, there is a gang of hispanic boys trying to find cars over on Joann to break into and the police are trying to locate them. This has become a nightly event. I can't wait to get rid of Righeimer and take our city back.

Righeimer would have us believe that all the criminals aren't from here, but are the people the city attracts. Who cares? I'm betting those kids live in town. Again, who cares? Crime is crime. And its not the motels. I'm sick and tired of hearing how the motels are the crux of the crime problem. They were never much of a problem until wanted to devalue the property so he and his developer buddies could buy them. Now all of a sudden that's all we hear about.

7/23/2015 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Righeimer, Mensinger, and Monahan must bear responsibility for this. They created a toxic environment where cops left and replacements didn't want to come here. Everyone sees through the lies and knows what actually happened.

7/23/2015 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

I just made double sure all my doors and windows are locked, again.

7/23/2015 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

It will only be a matter of time before the usual suspects begin to emerge with their alternative viewpoints explaining away any responsibility or correlation to the reduction decimation of the police department. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad and at the expense of the residents.

Why is it that the only people who never have to apologize, recognize that they are wrong, or may have made a mistake are politicians.

Being in public safety myself, I often recognize that proper staffing often goes in both directions and that often times resources need to be redistributed or even reduced. But there are minimum staffing levels that should always be maintained. These knuckleheads have ignored how many Police Chiefs? Consultants? Even their own consultants? Follow that up with excuses, misdirection, and blaming others and you have the current majority.


7/24/2015 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

By the numbers:

Reports of serious crimes spiked about 40% in Costa Mesa

"L.A. is really up," [UC Irvine professor of criminology Charis Kubrin] said, referring to that city's 12.7% increase..."

"Crime in other Orange County cities also has climbed this year. Costa Mesa's neighbor Newport Beach saw a 12% increase...and in Huntington Beach, it rose 11% through March."

But: "Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger blamed Sacramento" - ?! So if LA is up 12.7%, and our neighbors are up 11% and 12%, let's *assume* crime is up overall average of about 13%.

That still leaves Costa Mesa's crime up over 25% over these local averages.

7/24/2015 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

and let's not whitewash this: ten more rapes

The statistic is 25 rapes year to date. 115 total rapes over the past three years. Statute of limitations on rape is 10 years. How many detectives do we have doing investigations?

"Despite being short-staffed, Costa Mesa's department has almost always maintained its core function of patrolling the city, Manly said. Instead of cutting from that unit, detectives, narcotics investigators and other officers working special details have been called in to cover gaps."

7/24/2015 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

any connection here?

Mayor and eMPT say crime is down.
Citizens can't look up the facts because crime statistics have not been posted since the contracted private IT firm has not been able to implement the "new" system.
The private IT firm has been billing by the hour for "working on it" for the past few years.
The private IT firm's contract has been renewed many times without having to be put to bid.
The private IT firm donated to eMPT's campaign fund.

7/24/2015 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Fisler did the best troll job on Facebook, laying blame at Genis and Foley.

The brand is strong!

7/24/2015 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Lumpy said...

over at CM Public Square the "usuals" are bad mouthing the report. Millard says remove the attractions and crime goes away. Fitzy and his buddy Dickson, and others say that we have the same number of cops as when CMPD was fully staffed, so it must be the unions causing crime. nothing from Big Brand Fisler yet, but there will be.

this City needs more officers, experienced officers. No cop in his right mind will transfer to this situation.

7/24/2015 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

The more boots on the ground, the harder some of those people lick...

7/24/2015 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

It seems logical that if there are more criminals on the street because of prison realignment, then there should be more officers on the street, not fewer.

7/24/2015 03:44:00 PM  

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