Tuesday , June 25 2024

Spike In Auto Burglaries In Fresno

Car break-ins are up 101 percent in the first two months of the year in Northeast Fresno. Essentially doubling the total number from last year. City wide, car break ins are up a whopping 40 percent the first two months of 2015.

Last November voters approved proposition 47. The proposition dramatically changes the way crimes property crimes are classified in the state of California. It’s also impacting drug offenders out on the streets.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said "It is a misdemeanor violation, they receive a citation and theres no incentive to get treatment, they simply plead guilty to the misdemeanor and move on because they wont go to jail for that."

The proposition was sold to voters as a bill that would create safe neighborhoods and mean more funding for schools. Chief Dyer says voters were misled about the propositions real impact, "California voters in general voted for prop 47 and now we’re left to deal with it and its sad because people that are truly being impacted are the people of our community who are being victimized."

Chief Dyer used Jose Cerna’s case as an example. Cerna allegedly killed his brother in Fresno last Sunday. He was in custody for burglary until Saturday but was released due to proposition 47.

"If we’re not able to hold criminals accountable for certain types of crimes like vehicle burglaries and auto thefts, it’s important for people not allow themselves to become victims," Chief Dyer said.

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