Crimes Against Persons Increasing in EDC - Proposition 47 indicated

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 13, 2016 / comments

A pair of killings with multiple victims saw the number of homicides spike in El Dorado County in 2015, and rapes and robberies also saw significant increases. The reasons behind the jumps in the latter two crime categories remain unclear.

The unincorporated areas of El Dorado County, not including cities like the South Lake Tahoe and Placerville, saw nine homicides in 2015, a jump of 350 percent compared to 2014 and 2013, which each saw two homicides apiece, according to statistics released earlier this month by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Byers said the increase in homicides in 2015 can largely be attributed to two incidents where people are believed to have killed members of their own family. In September, a 16-year-old allegedly killed three family members in a cabin near Placerville, and in November, 49-year-old Milo Wallace was arrested in the shooting deaths of his brother and mother south of the West Slope city.

The number of reported rapes in unincorporated areas of El Dorado County rose from 33 to 48 between 2014 and 2015, an increase in 45 percent, according to the statistics. The number of robberies increased from 23 reports to 32, a jump of 39 percent, according to the figures. Byers said the sheriff’s office expected these numbers to increase in 2015 based on how crimes are counted under Proposition 47. The proposition was approved by voters in 2014 and reduced a variety of drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and was designed to help reduce California’s swollen state prison and county jail populations.

There is a concern within the sheriff’s office that the release of inmates under the proposition may have increased the numbers of certain crimes within the county, but the office will need at least another year of data to see if the numbers are a result of actual increases in crime or in how the crimes are recorded under the new law, Byers said.

“It’s our opinion that these people are reoffending and committing more crimes,” Byers said. 

...according to the press release announcing the release of the 2015 crime statistics from the sheriff’s office. “Having another year of data collection will provide a clearer picture of the effects of Proposition 47.”

Read the full story here: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/20586889-113/reasons-behind-increases-in-el-dorado-county-crime

The detailed statistics are available at http://pio.edso.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2015-Crime-Stats-Press-Release.pdf