Milpitas Police Chief Steve Pangelinan reported that crime in
Milpitas is up in 2012 over 2011 according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
Milpitas, however, had seen a reduction in crimes over the past 10 years.
The FBI keeps track of criminal offenses like murders, rapes,
robberies, burglaries, arson, and car thefts. Auto thefts
were up 62% and the Great Mall is a haven for these. Burglaries were up 11%.
Other local like cities San Jose and Morgan Hill are experiencing more crime, he
The recent state prison realignment (AB 109), where
non-violent inmates are released early under court order to reduce
overpopulation, and tight local budgets are impacting crime, Pangelinan added.
Police response time in Milpitas is 2 minutes, 41 seconds with
83 sworn officers down from a peak of 100. Some officers have been reassigned to
help target critical areas. Pangelinan said there are fewer traffic officers and
Milpitas participates in the County-wide Task Force that has
increased arrests and reduced residential burglary by 17% according to the
Predictive Policing Software is being tested to better direct
patrols. There are 100 odd active Neighborhood Watch groups helping law
enforcement. 2013 crime rates are holding steady.
The Milpitas Rotary Club meets on Mondays at Noon at Brandon's Restaurant in the Beverly Heritage Hotel.