SUISUN CITY — A five-year drop in major crimes in Suisun City ended last year with the Suisun City Police Department reporting that major crimes rose by 8 percent between November 2012 and November 2013, according to figures released by the department.
Fairfield has seen a similar rise in crime with its own major crimes rising by 7.2 percent during the same time, according to statistics on the Fairfield Police Department’s website.
While crimes of violence against people stayed stable overall in Suisun City, Police Chief Ed Dadisho said he is concerned about the rise in property crimes by 12 percent, with motor vehicle thefts leading the way.
Suisun City saw only one homicide last year as opposed two that occurred in 2012, while the number of rapes dropped from five reported in 2012 to three in 2013. Aggravated assault dropped 19 percent in 2013 and simple assault dropped 3 percent, according to the report.
Robberies more than doubled from 17 committed in 2012 to 35 committed in 2013, which has Suisun police concerned since the target – money, jewelry and possessions – is property.
Motor vehicle thefts led the rise in property crimes with 46 more car thefts occurring in 2013 than in 2012, a rise of 63 percent.
The most numerous crime, theft, rose by 2 percent with 380 thefts reported during 2013. Burglaries rose by 13 percent with 133 reported in 2013, according to Suisun police.
Dadisho reported to the council in February 2013 that crime dropped 17 percent in 2012 and by 32 percent since 2007. He said that a key component of the continuing decline was proactive enforcement by the department’s police officers and a strong partnership with the community.
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