Sheriff: Crime in Loomis is down

Despite two murders, violent and property crimes decreased in 2009
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Despite two homicides, violent crime and property crime in Loomis and Penryn decreased in 2009, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Department officials. Crimes such as forcible rape, robbery and assault were down, said Captain Dave Harris. Harris also reported that property crimes including burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft were down. A report created later by the sheriff’s department revealed that criminals have discovered unincorporated Loomis. Both violent crimes and property crimes are up for unincorporated Loomis. “Violent crime in the Loomis area is still well below the state and national average,” Harris said. Karen Konen, of Loomis, said she feels safe living in Loomis. “We have less crime than Sacramento. I don’t think anywhere is completely safe. You still need to take precautions,” Konen said. Harris presented his crime report at an April 13 Town Council workshop. He said that while two homicides occurred in the Town of Loomis last year, violent crime was still down by 31 percent. His report revealed that a homicide had not occurred in Loomis since 2005. In 2009, three suspicious deaths in Loomis made headlines. The body of a Sacramento woman, who authorities believe died elsewhere, was found on Boyington Road on July 3. Harris said there still are no suspects in her death. On Sept. 14, Rudy Ramos, of Loomis, was found dead in his Berg Lane home. Autopsy results revealed he died from blunt force trauma. Two South Sacramento men have been arrested in his murder. The death of Del Oro High School graduate Alyse Conk, whose body was discovered on Aug. 26 in a creek at Loomis Community Park, was ruled an accidental drowning. Harris’ report also revealed that property crimes in the Town of Loomis dropped by 12 percent last year. In 2005, property crimes were at their highest, he said, and have dropped 26 percent since then. Those numbers may not look so good for this year, though, Harris said. “A rash of auto burglary theft occurred in Loomis in January and February of 2010. This will probably result in an increase in the number of property crimes for this year,” Harris said in a later interview. “We aggressively put out more patrols and used marked and unmarked cars in the area.” He said no arrests were made, but the thefts decreased significantly. According to sheriff’s authorities, auto burglaries were also up in Granite Bay and Rocklin. Harris said he believes that most area crimes are not committed by local people. He said the majority of the inmates at the Placer County jail did not live in Placer County when they were arrested. He said most were Sacramento County residents. According to Harris, drug and alcohol use are often associated with criminal activity. Seven years ago, he said, a study conducted at the Placer County jail showed that 80 percent of inmates had a committed a crime that involved the use of drugs or alcohol. -------------------- 2009 CRIME STATISTICS Town of Loomis: Violent crime, 9 (down from 13 in 2008) – Homicide, 2; rape, 1; robbery, 1; aggravated assault, 5. Property crime, 111 (down from 126 in 2008) – Burglary, 31; larceny-theft, 69; motor vehicle theft, 11; arson, 2. Unincorporated Loomis: Violent crime, 5 (up from 2 in 2008) – Rape 2; aggravated assault, 3. Property crime, 31 (up from *24 in 2008) – Burglary, 7; theft, 17; motor vehicle theft, 7, includes 5 classic cars taken from one property; vandalism, 8. *2008 auto theft numbers not available Penryn: Violent crime, 3 (no change from 2008) – Aggravated assault, 3. Property crime, 21 (down from *31 in 2008) – Burglary, 11; theft, 10; vandalism, 6. *2008 auto theft numbers not available Sources: Placer County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol ---------------------- CRIME PREVENTION TIPS Don’t make it easy. Lock up your home or car, even if you’re gone for just minutes. Keep valuables out of plain sight. Let trusted neighbors know when you’ll be away. Use security lighting and minimal shrubbery around windows. Shred unwanted documents. Don’t fall for phone or Internet scams. Keep copies of important documents, serial numbers and photos of home contents in a safe place such as a safe deposit box. For crime reporting, make notes ASAP. What did you see or hear, description of vehicle including color, make, model, plate number; description of person including clothing, height, age, hair and race; direction of travel. Source: Placer County Sheriff’s Department