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Jan 21

2014 Crime Stats

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:05 p.m. by johnb johnb

Each year, every police agency in the United States is required to report crime statistics in the community they serve to the Department of Justice (DOJ). In order to ensure uniformity in the reporting of crime statistics, DOJ provides guidelines known as Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). At the end of every month, following those guidelines, the Brea Police Department submits to DOJ the number and types of crimes reported in Brea during that month. Crimes are categorized as Part I or Part II. Part I crimes are the eight crime types considered the most serious: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson. Part II crimes are all other crimes, including such types as Vandalism, Fraud, and minor Assaults.

In 2014, the City of Brea saw an overall decrease of 8% in Part I crimes and 7% in Part II crimes. This was the fifth consecutive year that Brea saw Part I crimes decrease or remain flat. 2014 saw a substantial decrease in Burglary, with 34 less crimes, a 17% decrease. This represents the fewest number of reported burglaries since 2009. Significant decreases were also seen in the categories of Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Aggravated Assault. Of particular note, the category of Theft has been steadily declining for a number of years. Since 2010, Theft crimes have reduced by 25%, with over 300 less crimes reported in 2014 compared to 2010.

Brea Crime Stats

From time to time, crime statistics are used by some to draw comparisons between cities, counties, or other jurisdictional areas. An attempt to rate law enforcement agencies or the relative safety of a community via statistics alone is not reliable and should be avoided. DOJ and FBI warn against the use of statistics in that manner. They have identified at least eleven factors that contribute to variances in the nature and types of crime between jurisdictions. While two of these factors are related to the work of local law enforcement, others include: various demographic measurements, the “daytime” or “policing” population versus the residential population, and economic conditions, among others.

While we are proud of the role we play in safeguarding the community and enhancing the quality of life in Brea, we recognize that we are not solely or primarily responsible for the safe environment that Brea enjoys. We work in partnership with our residents, businesses, City government, and other local agencies to continually strive to make Brea a preferred city in which to live, work, and visit.


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