Tracy mayor, police chief issue letter on crime

As a Tracy resident I’ve witnessed first hand a lot of horror and problems this year.

In March, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu went missing from her mobile home park less than two miles from my home. Her body was found in early April, making her death Tracy’s first homicide of the year.

As a member of the press, I am usually first to know when something is happening in my neighborhood or community. It’s still shocking, however, when a community the size of Tracy has five homicides in a year.

The consensus among my neighbors and in my community near the Interstate 205 corridor is one of confusion and fear. What’s happening in our small community? What is being done?

The answer for those questions came today in a letter posted on the City of Tracy Web site. It’s titled “Letter on Crime and Gangs.”

The first sentences are pretty telling: “We are all aware of the recent increase in violent crime here in Tracy. The armed robberies, aggravated assaults, gang related crimes, and homicides that we have experienced this year, coupled with the unusual nature of some of these crimes, especially the homicides, has resulted in significantly increasing the level of fear in the community.”

The overall crime rate remains low, it continues.

A plan of action for 2010 includes talk at the Jan. 5 City Council meeting and the hosting of town hall meetings.

The letter is signed by Mayor Brent Ives, Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Tucker, councilmembers Steve Abercrombie and Mike Maciel, City ManagerĀ  Leon Chruchill and Chief of Police Janet Thiessen.

The most significant sentence in the entire letter is one addressing reporting crime that can be universally applied to any city in San Joaquin County, or California for that matter: “It is extremely important that every resident of Tracy takes ownership for the community’s safety and well-being.”

It’s something we all should consider.

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