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Fairfield sees rise in crime in 2013

Body dumped in Allen Witt Park

Crime scene investigators search Allan Witt Park in Fairfield after a body was discovered in the parking lot, Feb. 1, 2013. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | February 14, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield saw its major crimes rise by 7.2 percent between November 2012 and November 2013.

Police said a big contributor to that rise is the state’s realignment of its prisons, which is moving prisoners from state prisons to county jails, straining the local justice system.

“A lot of inmates are being released to the street with no supervision,” Fairfield Police Capt. Darren Moody said. He noted that these people make up an increasing percentage of the arrests Fairfield police made last year.

Fairfield police have responded with efforts to partner with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office to keep tabs on former state prisoners after they are released from custody.

The department is also in the process of putting together a second street crime team to support the already existing one, giving Fairfield police a stronger presence in the city’s neighborhoods. It was an idea that came out of the Fairfield City Council’s annual retreat that took place earlier this year.

Fairfield was afflicted with a 15 percent rise in its violent crimes. Homicides dropped 38 percent to only five committed in 2013 and rapes dropped by 45 percent to 12 in 2013, but robberies jumped by 26 percent, with 153 reported, and aggravated assault jumped by 17 percent to 293 reported.

The number of property crimes rise by 6 percent overall. Only theft did not see an increase since 2012.

Arsons rose by 43 percent to 20 reported in 2013; auto thefts rose 25 percent with 580 reported in 2013; and burglaries rose by 10 percent with 681 reported in 2013.

Fairfield’s emphasis on supporting neighborhood watch, residents who are willing to get involved with such groups, and the use of technology such as cameras to combat crime have been a big help to the department, Moody said.

“Community involvement has been a big deal to us,” Moody said. “If not for that, we would have seen more of a rise.”

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • The MisterFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:54 am

    When you let inmates out to serve their sentence on the street, you just about have to expect something like this to happen. Good thing the 9th Circuit just ruled that you can have a concealed firearm without having to beg permission of the police chief or sheriff. Git R Done!

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:08 am

    What else should this city expect when the chief leads every conversation with "we don't have the resources?"

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  • Dog ate my homeworkFebruary 14, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    They always have some excuse don't they. "We don't have the resources" despite having the highest numbers of actual sworn officers on the force the past few years then they have ever had and even though Fairfield has seen little if any growth in population. Maybe Fairfield could afford more officers if City Council had gotten PD to pay more than the paltry 2.75 % they pay towards there high cost of retirement. Too bad there response time to calls doesn’t match their response time to protecting their wallets. And it’s always the residents of Fairfield that pays the price.

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  • Dexter FowlerFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Ithought the stupid tax increase was going to take care of this???

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  • innovationinstitutellcFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Crime is worse in other towns like Vallejo. We won't mention Oakland or downtown Detroit.

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  • Str8shooterFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Problem with that Mister, is that everyone will be packing, but that doesn't mean you (or anyone else) shooting someone will be legit. Which then makes you one of these disgusting criminals yourself. Where are you going in the FF/SS/VV area that you need to be armed? There's nowhere in this area I wouldn't go to unarmed. Protecting your house, yeah, riding around with a gun on your hip, no.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    Everyone interested in self defense by firearm should read Alan Korwin's book, "After You Shoot." It will give you an idea of what the average citizen will be up against after using your weapon, even if your shooting is justified. It is sobering, to say the least. And Korwin is a staunch gun-rights advocate and expert.

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  • rlw895February 14, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Mr.S: Can you give us a synopsis?

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 15, 2014 - 3:10 am

    Korwin makes it clear that even a justified shooting will be a serious, life-changing event. He provides examples of what to expect and ways to handle the immediate aftermath, what to say to the 911 operator and later to the police.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Mr. Smith, I haven't read the book but I think anybody thinking about actually walking around with a gun should get all the education they can. I believe the majority of "average" Americans don't really want to shoot anybody. I'm certain they don't want to be shot either, but some feel like having a gun might be enough. We know it is not! I sincerely hope there are specific mandates for licensing, training and an ongoing certification process if/when a right to carry gets approved. My biggest concern for a gun-carrying citizenry is road rage. Then we should all be worried about some poor inexperienced gun-toting fool getting themselves killed and their gun stolen.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:24 am

    CD: Right. I tend to think that the home is the best place to keep a firearm. And the proper storage and training are still necessary for that.

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  • rlw895February 15, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I'm with you there, Mr.S.

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  • rlw895February 15, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Mr.S: So it's more about how to defend your actions legally than psychological effects?

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 15, 2014 - 9:50 am

    It is both, RLW, but focusing more on what a person will likely encounter from law enforcement, the legal system and other people--and how to prepare for that. Remember, this is about justified shooting to protect your own LIFE or that of your family. Knowing how to tell when your actions are justifiable versus unnecessary use of deadly force is a key concept, also. It made me more aware of my own responsibilities after reading it.

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  • LoveMyCommunityFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Thanks for the tip, Mr. Smith. I'm going to check it out.

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