SLO Holiday Crime Rate Indicates A Throwback to Pre-Pandemic Times | News | San Luis Obispo

It was not all celebrations for the city of San Luis Obispo this holiday season. The city has seen an increase in crime rates, which police say is a sign that crime patterns are returning to a pre-pandemic state.

Data from the SLO Police Department showed crime reports increased 26% between November 26, 2021 and January 3, 2022 (the period between Thanksgiving and New Years celebrations), compared to the same dates in the period 2020-21. period.

Reports of property theft, aggravated and non-aggravated assault, alcohol-related crimes, vehicle theft, and residential and non-residential burglaries have increased during the holidays. Auto theft and burglary alerts have declined.

“It’s very difficult to compare anything to last year given the COVID pandemic and how it has changed the cityscape. Many students have stayed at home, businesses have opened reduced hours and / or reduced capacity, ”said SLOPD Operations Captain Brian Amoroso. New times by email. “There are definitely more people out on vacation last year than in 2020-21. For example, there aren’t many drunks in public arrests and DUIs if the bars are all closed. ”

People trying to return to a pre-COVID-19 lifestyle have also influenced when the crimes occurred. During the 2021-2022 holiday season, reports of criminal activity were highest on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. But during the 2020-21 holiday season, weekends saw the highest concentration.

“The students are back in town. The residents are for the most part back to work. People tend to report things to the police at the start of the week instead of using their time on the weekends,” said Amoroso.

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  • SMASH-AND-GRAB Vandals broke into the Mission Thrift Store, stole items totaling up to $ 500, and destroyed a display case and cash register.

Most recently, the Mission Thrift Store was broken into in the early hours of Tuesday, January 4, when vandals smashed store windows and stole items totaling up to $ 500.

“Our thrift store manager received a phone call from the alarm company around 5 am saying that the store had been broken into. When she went to the store, she saw that the window was broken. They walked over to one of the windows and wreaked havoc on the cash register, ”said Melissa Newman, director of marketing and enrollment at the Old Mission School.

Fortunately, the cash register was empty because Mission Thrift doesn’t leave money in the cash register overnight. The destroyed register has been replaced by one donated by a member of the community.

The stolen items included pocket knives, art supplies and antique playing cards. Newman said thrift store manager Michelle Orradre was concerned about the pocket knives being stolen because they could later be used as a weapon.

It cost an additional $ 200 to fix the broken glass, and Orradre is worried the store will have to pay for more damage. The store’s sales make up nearly 10 percent of the Old Mission School’s budget, Newman said.

“I contacted the manager there and she said the theft and break-in was a heavy emotional and financial toll; she now feels unsettled to be there alone at night / early in the morning,” Newman said. .

Amoroso said the SLOPD currently has no suspects of a break-in and is trying to obtain potential video footage of the incident.

“One of the best ways to protect yourself and your belongings is to lock the doors and windows of your home and vehicle. Do not leave anything of value in plain sight, or in a vehicle if possible,” did he declare. “Be aware of your surroundings. Report any suspicious activity to the police. Knowledgeable citizens can be a force multiplier for law enforcement.” ??

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