Stockton crime declines

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones with confiscated weapons at last week's news conference about a big gang bust.

When writing this column about Mayor Michael Tubbs’ first 100 days, I requested the year-over-year crime statistics from the Stockton Police Department. If you’re curious, here they are.

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Couple off-the-cuff remarks: Not only is violent crime down over the last year, property crimes are down. This is new. Police have been throwing resources at gun violence and hot spots. Property crimes were not dropping.

Only motor vehicle theft is really up. Arson doubled, but the numbers are small.

Undoubtedly police work has affected the numbers. As has new hiring, which brought the force up to 430 on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see how much crime rises as the rains end and the sun comes out.

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