The FBI has announced that violent crime dropped 4% in 2011, following a 5.5% drop in 2010.  In 2011, nationally the murder rate dropped 1.9% (compared to 2010) and robbery, forcible rape and assault dropped 4% each. Although crime rates in the U.S. have generally been decreasing for a number of years, there are some […]

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The theft of catalytic converters has become a chronic problem in some parts of the country.  The attractiveness of catalytic converters to thieves is that they contain precious metals – Platinum and Palladium.   The Crime Prevention Unit of the Everett, Washington Police Department has developed an excellent 4-page, very descriptive information bulletin “Catalytic Converter […]

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The Portland, Oregon Police Department has a history of being innovative and proactive in the area of crime prevention.   For those crime prevention officers and specialists concerned about crime problems associated with hotels, motels and other overnight lodging facilities, the Portland Bureau of Police has published an excellent 11-page white paper entitled “A Guide to […]

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In parts of the country where solar power is popular, the theft of solar panels has become a new phenomenon.  The theft of solar panels is also referred to as photovoltaic theft. Solar panels are relatively easy to remove and transport (pickup truck).  A new panel costs approximately $1,000.00 with a black market value of […]

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