Representatives from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department San Carlos Bureau have confirmed that burglaries have declined 23% in the past year. San Carlos Police Chief Greg Rothaus and representatives from the SMCSD made the announcement at a Town Hall meeting last week. The meeting was initially scheduled to update residents on public safety issues. The number one goal of the department is to make sure community members feel safe, he said.
The announcement is good news to local residents, many of whom are aware that crime trends in California have been ticking up in the past 18 months. Law enforcement officials from throughout the state speculate this trend is linked to the state’s prisoner realignment program. Under that program certain inmates have started being transferred from California prisons to county jails. This has led to overcrowded conditions at local detention centers, and many have been forced to start releasing inmates before their sentences are up. Some inmates are serving just half the time they were sentenced to.
This was not the only good news reported by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. Representatives are also reported to have spoken of advancements in the citizen report management system, provided updates on the neighborhood watch and school safety programs and talked about important components of emergency preparedness.
The date of the next Town Hall meeting has not yet been announced.