Violent Crime Continues to Rise in Concord – City Sees Increase in Murders, Rapes, Robberies & Assaults in 2015

February 4, 2016 8:00 am · 60 comments

Violent crime continues to rise in Concord, but overall crime is down, according to numbers provided by Concord Chief of Police Guy Swanger.

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The numbers are for the year 2015, and show murders, rapes, robberies and assaults all increased. Non-violent crimes such as burglary, larceny and auto theft are down.

Chief Swanger said the very large decrease in burglary has to do with residents being more aware of their surroundings, and reporting suspicious activities.

30 rapes were reported in Concord in 2015. 28 of them were committed by a person the victim knew.

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Concord had 182 robberies in 2015. In 2014, Concord, had 10 commercial robberies, in 2015, Concord had 26.

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Vehicle theft is down a bit.

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And the recovery rate for vehicle theft looks good. Most of the vehicles stolen in Concord are recovered in Concord.

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Chief Swanger said Prop.47 played a role in the amount of adults arrested for felonies. He said cases that used to be felonies are now misdemeanors, meaning the felony number drops and the misdemeanor number increases. He said this decrease/increase in arrests is a direct results of Prop.47.

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Chief Swanger gave an hour-long presentation to the Concord City Council on Tuesday evening. To watch the presentation, please CLICK HERE.

1 The Mamba February 4, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Great job citizens of Concord, it looks like your awareness and quick thinking are solely responsible for the drop in burglaries last year, which is the only noticeable area in which crime fell!

2 Justified Anger February 4, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Demographics, please. This is where statistics can be useful.

3 Sacto Rob February 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Jerry Brown pushed through early release for prison inmates, and then voters passed the ballot measure to “decriminalize” all sorts of crimes based on the false notions that prison spending is out of control and that prisons were filled with nothing but harmless hippies thrown in jail for 20 years for holding a roach. Now crime stats are up. Color me surprised.

4 Pyrrhus February 4, 2016 at 8:50 AM

@3 Are we reading the same chart? Overall crime has decreased in Concord.

I’d like to see the data for our surrounding cities. I tried going on the FBI UCR website but I’m only finding the most current year of 2012. http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/Search/Crime/Local/RunCrimeJurisbyJuris.cfm

5 TIFOKCIS February 4, 2016 at 8:58 AM

None of it looks good to me. In 2015 I escorted a defiant ‘homeless person’ and his stinky buddy from Min’s Cafe, removed a napkin dispenser throwing tweaker from Pollo and entertained a Oaklandite at Peet’s until CPD arrived.

2014 I witnessed and reported 3 hit and run drivers, one I followed, got their information and called it in, called in and identified package thieves in Dana Estates and was a witness to testify, last minute they pleaded out, tracked 3 little pukes through Dana Estates for 10 minutes until they lost me while I (again) called CPD wondering where in the hell they were……………..come to find out they burglarized my corner neighbors.

I am no spring chicken with physical limitations, however, the day someone controls the environment of my fellow Claycordains isn’t going to be today.

I’ve been here in the area for 50+ years and its gotten worse, much worse.

SOI The Evil Conservative.

6 THE ANIMAL February 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Concord is becoming the new O-town !!!!!!!!!………..

7 Thank you for posting this I was wondering about this. February 4, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Ah life in the big city….

8 ? February 4, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Where is the graph showing ethnicity of the perps?

9 citizen February 4, 2016 at 9:18 AM

The police don’t do enough. I hardly ever see them in the streets and if I do its downtown. Guess what downtown is fine it’s monument and Solano that need more police presence. These are the higher crime areas because police are nowhere to be found. Step up the presence and crime will drop.

10 anonymous February 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

This is what being a “sanctuary city”, allowing 20 people to live in a 1-bedroom apartment, and ignoring all the “small crimes” will get ya’. Concord WAS a nice town to live in….now it’s just another dirty, smelly, graffiti-covered, gang-infested pit.

11 NoMoreFreeRide February 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Breakdown of the numbers by legal citizens and illegal aliens? Would be telling.

12 anonymous February 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Not much the cops can do about preventing rape and murder. Robbery though ,can be prevented by letting all the air out of a robber or two.

In days of olde LAPD had a metro squad and staked out liquor stores in high robbery areas. Took Ithaca 12 ga shotguns and killed robbers. Killed them dead. Don’t have enough cops for that here but I see plenty of tough guys posting here that we could enlist . Give them plenty to write about.

13 Sophia February 4, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Thank you, Mayor, for once again providing the real news that citizens care about but newspapers have stopped covering.

14 robbery watcher February 4, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Total Concord robberies in 2013 = 159
Total Concord robberies in 2014 = 166
Total Concord robberies in 2015 = 182 — every other day.
What will 2016 bring?

15 @SOI February 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Can’t tell if you seek out trouble or it seeks you. Thankfully you’re there to keep society from falling apart. Just one question, do you get itchy wearing your street clothes over your costume?

16 Justin February 4, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Overall crime is down. That’s pretty newsworthy.

17 Justin February 4, 2016 at 10:40 AM

@ #15 – It’s called lying. SOI is a liar. Unless he himself is actually committing the infractions (possible) no one witnesses that many issues.

That, or they sit around with nothing to do all day long looking for trouble while the rest of us blissfully continue on with our lives, loved ones, jobs, etc.

Some people very transparently push a narrative.

18 aghast February 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Connecting the dots on this one is not too difficult. Societies continuing lack of any moral backbone and the attitude that the rules and laws do not apply to them. Couple that with the many that have been pushed out of a nearby city that is gentrifying and have driven those that cannot afford the rising rent in the Bay Area. With that brings crime and the dimwits that decided a High School education was not needed but the druggie lifestyle was and there you have it. Idiots who are in and out of jails because they don’t want to clean up, don’t know how to clean up and because the punishment is not a great deterrent to change their lifestyle. Pathetic….

19 twilight February 4, 2016 at 10:49 AM

You cannot refer to an “amount of adults” unless you have weighed them. It’s a “number of adults”.

20 Rob February 4, 2016 at 10:52 AM

All of those appears to be within a fairly defined variance – nothing to write home about either way.

21 Sly McFly February 4, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Concord is safer than other cities…Salinas, for example! That’s a scary town!

22 Myrtle Girl February 4, 2016 at 11:20 AM

The city of Concord is a mess. A corrupt and ridiculously incompetent city council, city leaders and police department. Nothing will change until the voters get wise and throw the current council out.

23 @Justin February 4, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Rapes, robberies, and murders are up. That’s pretty newsworthy, too.

24 mamatosix February 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Maybe Walnut Creek can give a training to Concord PD.

25 Boss Hawg February 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Put an end to sanctuary cities, vote Republican.

26 Concord Mike February 4, 2016 at 11:52 AM

What is missing from these stats is any reference to proactive enforcement.

A good police department does more than just respond to calls. They stop cars that have equipment violations or break traffic laws. They proactively interact with suspicious persons, vagrants and truants.

If we get serious about the small stuff we will discourage the criminal element from making Concord their playground.

27 George February 4, 2016 at 11:53 AM

I thought I would never be saying this… Violent crime in Antioch is down 9.2%. Is there something there the City of Concord could learn from our neighboring cities?

http://eastcountytoday.net/antioch-violent-crime-down-9-2-percent-in-2015-says-police-chief/

28 Connecting the dots... February 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Please post the diversity Change of the Concord population in comparison to the crime rate.
Just from what I have been reading I suspect there is a connection.
I think the local area has gotten a reputation for being a soft target.

29 PO'd February 4, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Sanctuary cities should be brought into compliance by withholding federal funds, as has been suggested in the past. It’s the only action that liberals
fear and understand.
The most blatant statistic though is adult misdemeanor up 46% from the year before. Some more research would need to happen, but I can’t help but think that a lot of it is due to the prison/county jail realignment.
The City of Concord is big enough to have these problems, but it doesn’t seem to interested at all in taking care of them.

30 Glad my family is alive February 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

These are all crime stats. What is missing are the stats which show how much crime was prevented. How many lives were saved. How many children were protected. How many officers were injured both mentally and physically while protecting us. Why is it that we as a society are so fascinated with the bad and we so customarily overlook the good? What is missing are the stats on all the good that this department has done for us. Thank you concord pd for what you have done to keep my family safe.

31 bart rider February 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Its actually inappropriate to report comparisons between cities of completely different sizes and population numbers. Walnut creek has a population around 60,000, Pleasant Hill is 35,000 while Antioch has around 100,000 and concord has 130,000 residents. Without population adjusting the numbers the comparison is completely invalid.

32 Morons, all of them are morons! February 4, 2016 at 12:43 PM

Overall crime down. However, violent crime is up and that my dear friends is disturbing.

33 KAD February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

If you want more information, watch a replay of the Concord City Council meeting that was held Tuesday night.

34 Morons, all of them are morons! February 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM
35 G. February 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM

That’s a pretty nifty headline you got there, but it’s only telling part of the story! Overall, it looks like the day to day crimes are down.

While I do agree it’s a concerning fact that violent crimes in general are up, I believe leading with a more neutral statement would better serve the community, as not everyone reads the whole articles.

“RECENT STATS SHOW A CONTINUING NCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME – PARTNERED BY A CITY WIDE DECREASE IN CRIME STATS OVERALL”

36 Justin February 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM

@ #24 – Maybe that’s why it’s in the headline…? Not sure what you’re driving at.

37 Ron Leone February 4, 2016 at 1:08 PM

What!? No one told me.

38 @29 February 4, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Concord heading to be be the new Antioch.

39 Palsy Walsy February 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

well, this is bad, very very bad…disturbing news. But, more importantly, what are the stats on whether there is an increase of people being deeply offended? because those are REAL CRIMES and the local lefties DEMAND TO KNOW!!!!

40 Pyrrhus February 4, 2016 at 1:38 PM

@37 that doesn’t push the agenda that Concord is falling apart or that Democrats are ruining the City/State. Just look at that hack job of an article that was posted about taking selfies at the voters booth last week. If you read the actual bill about that it had nothing to do with selfies but of course that isn’t the narrative that is being pushed. That is why it is important to research before believing what the media says (That includes Claycord.com).

Also to those asking about ethnicity. What does ethnicity have to do with anything? What exactly do you plan to do with that information? You want the national crime statistics by race? Here’s 2014’s breakdown on total arrests. (I recalculated to break out White and Latino):

White: 60.78%
Black: 27.81%
Latino: 14.14%
Native American: 1.55%
Asian: 1.15%
Pacific Islander: 0.12%

Source of data:
https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-43

41 Rambo February 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Rambo here. Had to just say that citizens have to take back their streets and not rely on the local CPD. Good thing that SOI does his part calling in crimes, reporting tweakers but more is needed. My firearms are only an armlength away from me at all times, just in case these perps get out of hand.

If you think that the cities are getting safer as the common political narrative likes to suggest coming from Sacramento – you are living in fantasy land. These streets will worse when all the criminals get freed once Gavin Newsome is elected Governor. Time to get some weapons and fight for yourself. For those interested, I can offer free training on properly using guns or even hand to hand combat lessons.

Rambo, out.

42 JWB February 4, 2016 at 1:56 PM

It seems that there is not enough data to really make anything out of it. For example I do see that the number of robberies increased from 166 (2014) to 182 (2015), however it would be of interest to have more years for comparison. Assuming that the data which can found at http://www.homefacts.com/crime/California/Contra-Costa-County/Concord.html is accurate it looks like for earlier years the numbers were 216 (2008), 270 (2007), 248 (2006), 197 (2005) or 129 (2004).Similarly the numbers of murders between 1999 to 2008 fluctuated between 0 (2001) and 6 (2008) and rapes fluctuated between 37 (1999) and 12 (2008).

43 ClaycordRes February 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Welcome to Concord – the new Oakland.

44 @42 February 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM

New Math?

45 Palsy Walsy February 4, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Pyrrhus is so busy being a shrill liberal he forgot how to do math.
LOL!!!

46 Mimi (original) February 4, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Thank you, TWILIGHT for being the grammar police on this! You beat me to it!! : )

47 StormRider February 4, 2016 at 3:57 PM

It seems adults think they could get a way with anything.

48 Pyrrhus February 4, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Liberal Shill, really? What does crime statistics have to do with politics? Grow up.

Unlike some people, I can admit when I’m wrong. I should have checked the math on my work, I assumed that the break down of Latino or non Latino would be the same number used in total White arrests from the FBI Statistics. I was wrong. Maybe someone else can explain why the two numbers are different, because I have no clue. The FBI statistics has 6,056,687 total arrests for White people and then when it gives the breakdown between White and Lation it adds up to 6,541,125 arrests.

I’ll recalculate based on the white breakdown being higher and Total it up myself. Here is the percentage breakdown from largest to smallest.

White: 57.59%
Black: 26.34%
Latino: 13.39%
American Indian: 1.47%
Asian: 1.09%
Pacific Islander: .12%

I know people are going to ask for it so here is the breakdown of arrests by total population (I took the totals off of wikipedia which is based on the 2010 Census). Here it is as a percentage from highest to lowest.

Black: 6.44%
American Indian: 6.03%
White: 2.70%
Latino: 2.45%
Pacific Islander: 2.21%
Asian: .69%
Total Population: 3.05%

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States

Do what you want with those statistics. I encourage anyone that doubts the numbers to do the research yourself.

49 JWB February 4, 2016 at 5:38 PM

# Pyrrhus

Thanks for some rationale data to what seems an emotional discussion. I think there are a couple of other points to consider.

1) Correlation does not imply causation. That’s why statistics simply looking at race have limited value. There could be a host of other factors such as education, economics, age distribution etc. which might equally correlate.

2) Naturally, the FBI statistic track arrests and not crimes. As a matter of fact if my car gets stolen and no arrest is being made how will I ever know the race of the perpetrator? So if certain demographics or certain crimes result in higher arrest rates these numbers might not necessarily represent the breakdown of crimes committed by race.

50 On Our Own February 4, 2016 at 6:14 PM

“… your awareness and quick thinking are solely responsible for the drop in burglaries last year,”

More likely victims of burglaries realize the futility of reporting the crime.
Then again is the treatment when calling in a incident.

Because of overcrowding, caused by democrats passing AB-109 back in 2011 which shoved CA Prison overcrowding down onto the 58 Counties, those convicted of misdemeanor property crimes are turns back onto the streets long before their sentences are completed.

51 On Our Own February 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Scum bags prone to crime are spending less and less time behind bars and have more opportunity to prey upon society. Escalation to more violent crimes is the natural result of deterrence for lesser crimes being all but eliminated by the democrat controlled state legislature.

Yet after passage of AB-109 and their spending over $10 Million to CON voters into passing Prop 47, democrats continue to be elected.

Have to wonder just how short the attention span of CA voters really is …..

To bad politicians don’t have the courage to reveal how many arrested were on the streets because of AB-109. An how many Prop 47 misdemeanor criminals have had subsequent arrests for new crimes.
But we’ll NEVER see those numbers.

52 DT February 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM

CCW is desperately needed NOW.

53 Atticus Thraxx February 4, 2016 at 8:33 PM

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SKU: 3996451 | STYLE:31400

With Federal Tactical 2-3/4″ 00 buck. That’s eighteen, almost .34 cal chunks of lead moving at 1500-1600 feet per second with a shot pattern about the size of a small dinner plate at 6-8 feet. Figure well north of 2000 foot pounds of muzzle energy. All for about $550 once you pay tax and buy ammo.
You’ll need/want to practice with it. Alot.

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54 |What Could Go WRONG ?? February 4, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Lets have democrats take over control and run things ………

“Convicted sex offenders and other felons in California are systematically walking free, despite continuously violating their parole.

It’s the result of laws meant to alleviate California’s overcrowded prisons and jails.

Two years ago, county judges all across the state lost their authority to send convicted felons back to prison for parole violations. Instead, they must send them to county jails.

Because county jails are dealing with their own overcrowding issues, these sex offenders and other felons are basically being recycled in and out of county jails across the state, according to records obtained by CNN.”
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/justice/california-sex-offenders-released/

New law releases sex offender early; caught on video violating parole
http://abc7.com/archive/8560757/

55 ? February 4, 2016 at 8:45 PM

What do nationwide crime stats have to do with Concord?

56 Freeman February 5, 2016 at 7:17 AM

*Changes in definition make statistics unusable unless the data is retroactively adjusted.

57 Atticus Thraxx February 5, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Three reasons. Bad guys don’t always stand still, are alone, or are at 6-8 feet away. Add failure (clearance) drills, indoor and outdoor target engagement and firing from cover all means practice.

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58 Silva February 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

And the less buckshot in your living froom, the better.

59 Summer February 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Thanks for the god news.

60 Summer February 5, 2016 at 2:39 PM

ooops! good news. har har

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