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Crime – A Year in Review

BY DANIEL MCGLYNN //

2008 saw the usual spree of assaults, drugs, paper crimes, and shoplifting that are normal in El Cerrito. “The majority of crime in the city is property related theft,” said El Cerrito Police Commander Michael Regan, “usually burglarizing homes and autos.”

Statistically, according to the serious crimes reported by the El Cerrito police department to the State of California, there was roughly the same amount of crime in 2008 as in 2007. The reported offenses average a little over a hundred a month. One crime noticeably absent from the 2008 numbers was homicide. “There were no homicides last year, and that makes me happy,” said Regan. There were two homicides in El Cerrito in 2007. Read the full story

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SLIDE SHOW: San Pablo Avenue Looks to the Future

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

San Pablo Avenue is a major economic force in El Cerrito, supplying the community with everything from nail salons to novelty shops. Now, a new plan to regulate future development along this major thoroughfare is nearing completion.

Watch the slideshow below to learn more.

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New Video Surveillance Law Protects Businesses

BY N’JERI EATON//

Silvia Figueroa worked at The Red Onion, a popular El Cerrito burger institution, for over 10 years before buying the restaurant with her husband Alfredo in January 2006. Just four months after they celebrated their first anniversary as owners, Alfredo was gunned down during an armed robbery. Read the full story

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New Crime Fighter – CrimeReports.com

BY DANIEL MCGLYNN //

If you took 24 crimes that happened in El Cerrito in the past two weeks – broke them into categories like theft, burglary, sexual offense, etc., then color coded those crimes and stuck them on a map – you would start to see some patterns in the recent criminal activity. Read the full story

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Copper Thieves & Laser Beams: Strange Event Connects Two Early Morning Crimes in El Cerrito

BY MATT DURNING //

Two men were arrested early Monday morning in El Cerrito when their unrelated crimes coincided in a bizarre set of circumstances allowing a third suspect to escape. Read the full story

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Crime Rates Down in El Cerrito

BY SWETA VOHRA //

In the past two years, statistics show that El Cerrito has put a significant dent in crime rates. The most significant reduction has been in larceny-theft crimes, which can include stealing personal property from unlocked cars or houses. Chief Scott Kirkland says this decrease in crime rates is due to “a myriad of factors.”

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El Cerrito BART Paths Targeted by Robbers

BY N’JERI EATON //

Three Richmond teenagers were arrested in El Cerrito in connection with a series of strong-arm robberies on a path near the BART tracks last week. The teens – two 16-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl – are suspected of six robberies in a three day period.

The paths behind the El Cerrito Plaza and Del Norte BART stations have been a prime location for robberies. According to the El Cerrito Police log, 17 robberies have been reported since March along these paths. Read the full story

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VIDEO: Safety Tips from BART Employees and Riders

BY N’JERI EATON//

BART employees and commuters give tips on how to keep safe while riding public transportation.

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Prop 5: Hope and Fear for the Justice System

BY N’JERI EATON//

Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Drug Rehabilitation Act, or NORA, will let voters decide whether to send drug offenders to treatment facilities instead of prison. In El Cerrito, it is an issue that has sparked a debate especially between two groups. On one side, are drug policy advocates who believe NORA will provide a comprehensive treatment program. On the other side, law enforcement officials who fear that Prop 5 will prevent offenders from being prosecuted.

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