Battery, burglary top north county crimes

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 04:40 PM.

However, such crimes aren’t restricted to a recession, officials said.

"We also have a lot of people who go out and steal, regardless if the economy is good or bad,” Frederick said.

Crimes of opportunity contribute to the problem.

"About 95 percent of car burglaries are from unlocked cars," Frederick said. "A very low percentage of vehicle burglaries are from when vehicles are broken into."

The OCSO also reported an increase in Baker Acts, which occur when law enforcement officials, among others, can initiate transporting people to mental health facilities for involuntary examination.  

In 2012, there were 98 incidents involving Baker Acts in Crestview, according to the OCSO. So far this year, Crestview has had more than 20.

Serious crime remains low in Crestview, with one homicide and one forcible rape reported.

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