Total Crime in City Down 17 Percent in 2011

Five year figures show crime dropped 17.8 percent.

Is Mountain View a safe place to live? You betcha!

Across most categories crime in the city fell 17 percent year to year from 2010 to 2011. That's equivalent to 945 fewer incidents. Over a five year period crime decreased 17.8 percent.

However, the percentage might have been higher if not for the increase in burglaries between November and December 2011. Residential burglaries rose by four; commercial by five. Also, two more motor vehicle thefts occurred.

Due to proactive policing the Mountain View Police made more arrests in the area of vice crimes like driving under the influence and prostitution, according to department Spokeswoman Liz Wylie. This explained the higher figures in those categories, she said. In December, driving under the influence arrests increased, possibly attributed to holiday enforcement efforts, by 20 and three more people were arrested for prostitution.

"The more arrests we make in these types of crimes based on hard work and diligent, proactive policing, the more the stats go up," Wylie said.

"It’s a good thing, really. Higher murder rates are obviously very bad. But higher arrest rates for vice crimes and DUIs usually mean we are working hard to uncover these crimes and stop them via arrests."


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