Burglary crime rates increase by the double digits this year

Nico Triunfante, TSV Staff Writer

The burglary crime rate in San Bruno staggers between numbers in the most recent years.

The lowest burglary rate that San Bruno had seen was back in 2000, in which 66 burglaries were committed. Since then, the crime had proliferated and consistently kept itself above the 100-point, (aside from the years 2007 and 2008) according to City-Data.

In 2003, San Bruno witnessed its epitome, with a total of 155 burglaries. Within the years following 2003, the average of burglaries went down to 110 per year.

In comparison to the rest of California, these numbers are not bad. According to Bea Karnes of the San Bruno Patch, although there is a double-digit increase in burglaries made in the city, it is still 17% less than the average rate in all of California.

Other statistics made by Area Vibes, a website that provides information about cities for people to live in, developed statistics of San Bruno city. For instance, San Bruno is safer than 42.2% of the cities in the entire nation, and the chance of being a victim of a property crime is 1 in 46. In comparison to a local city, San Francisco is 60% higher than the California average crime rate, with a 1 in 25 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

“You’ll see that the numbers spike up and down,” says Tim Mayhan of the San Bruno Police Department, “Because of the budget cuts there are less police force on the streets.”

With less police force on the streets, the opportunity of auto-burglaries proliferate over house burglaries. Criminals take advantage of the open streets and have less of a chance of getting caught by police.

“Auto-burglaries have less of a penalty,” Mayhan says, “Criminals can the same reward with less penalty. They can easily break the window, steal a laptop or iPad, and get probation for it if caught.”

However, we still notice statistically that San Bruno has not had a high number of burglaries in the past couple of years. Once the police have identified who the criminals are, it’s a lot easier for them to catch them by the eye. With San Bruno being a small town, it’s easier for criminals to move to different counties and do their crimes elsewhere.

Recently, a press release from the San Bruno Police Department reports on September 22, 2013 that a man was attempting to break into a home on Skyline Boulevard. A resident advised the officers, but were unable to catch the suspect.

According to the press release, “The suspect was only described as a male, approximately 6’1″ with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.”

Like all cities, San Bruno is not crime-less, but it does have the numbers, rightful residents, and a strong police force to show a sense of security for its citizens.