Police department releases 2017 crime reports; total crime decrease overall
■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
The Hemet Police Department has released its annual crime statistics for the year 2017, which ultimately revealed an 8 percent decrease in Hemet-based criminal activity.
“We will not stop our efforts to further reduce crime and the fear of crime in our city,” said a press release by HPD on Wednesday, March 14. “As a department, we recognize that there are many factors that contribute to crime rates and the police department is but one component that influences criminal activity throughout our city. The Hemet Police Department is extremely grateful to our community for the interest in the quality of life issues affecting our city. As stated in the Hemet Police Department Strategic Plan, we can only continue this improvement through stakeholder participation and community partnerships.”
HPD cites the voter-approved sales tax increase, Measure U, for the decrease in crime and increase in public safety. The $10 million annual income promised by the measure was able to fund an increase in department staff, and generated a 44 percent increase in total arrests compared to 2016.
The chart on page A2 illustrates crimes by category, how many occurred in 2017, and what the percentage of decrease is, based on previous years as provided by HPD.
Part 1 crime statistics are reported annually to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by every police and sheriff department in the United States. Anyone with information related to criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Hemet Police Department at 951-765-2700. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Anonymous Tip Line at: (866) 640-TIPS (8477), Online at: www.crimestoppersplus.org or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ValleyCrimeStoppersPlus.