Report: Robberies rise 30 percent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Violent felony crimes in Clovis dropped by about 10 percent in 2006, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report.

However, robberies increased almost 30 percent and property crimes by about 17 percent in 2006, the statistics showed.

Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes are typically classified as burglary, larceny and theft, and motor vehicle theft.

In the first six months of 2006, violent crimes at the national level rose 4 percent, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s preliminary Uniform Crime Report released in June.

Homicide in Clovis rose from two in 2005 to three in 2006. Burglaries, thefts and larceny also rose slightly, while rape, aggravated assault, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts declined, the report showed.

Felony crime in Clovis over a five-year period:
—Murder
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 10
2003: 3
2002: 4

—Rape, criminal sexual penetration of a minor
2006: 31
2005: 39
2004: 47
2003: 33
2002: 27

—Robbery
2006: 49
2005: 34
2004: 26
2003: 38
2002: 40

—Aggravated assault
2006: 188
2005: 223
2004: 184
2003: 236
2002: 172

—Burglary
2006: 549
2005: 653
2004: 619
2003: 570
2002: 667

—Theft and larceny
2006: 1,442
2005: 1,014
2004: 1,239
2003: 1,045
2002: 1,105

—Motor vehicle theft
2006: 129
2005: 150
2004: 104
2003: 114
2002: 125