Gilbert Police Department Reports Decreasing Crime Rates in 2020
Start writing a post

Gilbert Police Department Reports Decreasing Crime Rates in 2020

The Gilbert Police Department released data that shows crime rates in Gilbert have decreased throughout 2020.

Gilbert Police Department Reports Decreasing Crime Rates in 2020

The Gilbert Police Department released data that shows crime rates in Gilbert have decreased throughout 2020.

The data released by the Gilbert Police Department Thursday, Oct. 29, shows that total crimes including criminal homicide, rape, robbery, assault, commercial and residential burglary, and theft have decreased from 315 crimes in January to 234 in September.

(Gilbert Police Department crime report Jan. 1 - Oct. 29, 2020)

The most frequent crime in Gilbert is aggravated and simple assault, totaling 1,517 reported cases in 2020 according to the GDP chart.

Assault makes up about 45 percent of crimes in Gilbert, while theft and burglary including theft from vehicles total to 43 percent of crimes.

Although assault crimes are steadily rising, with total crime decreasing, Gilbert is still considered one of the safest towns in the U.S.

Last year, the FBI's 2019 Uniform Crime Report identified Gilbert as the second safest town in the U.S.

"The Gilbert Police Department's success in keeping Gilbert safe could not be possible without the department's dedicated employees who serve and protect our community and the support, relationships and involvement of our residents and businesses," Brenda Carrasco, Gilbert Police Department Digital Media and Marketing representative stated in an email response regarding Gilbert's second safest ranking by the FBI.

According to a third-party data source, Neighborhood Scout, the chance of becoming a victim of crime in Gilbert is 1 in 71.

Desiree Cunningham-Stanton, a Client Implementation and Data Delivery representative for Neighborhood Scouts, said in an email that data comes from annual crime data reports by the FBI.

"That kind of surprises me," Diane Pettit, a Gilbert resident who has lived in the town for thirty-five years said after hearing that crime rates have decreased over the past year.

Due to social media, and neighborhood safe apps, she has downloaded Pettit gets notifications of crimes in Gilbert often.

Crime reports in Gilbert are on social media almost every day and because of that she was surprised that crime had gone down, says Pettit.

In total, Gilbert has 38 social media accounts residents can follow for information and daily updates.

"I think in your mind you think there's a lot more crime than there is," Pettit said.

In 35 years of living in Gilbert the only major crime she witnessed was having her car stolen from her garage in 2000, says Pettit.

"We had our car stolen right from our garage once," Pettit said. Aside from the car incident Pettit reports feeling safe living in Gilbert. "I think it's basically safe," Pettit said.

Erik Spletter, a Gilbert resident who has lived in Gilbert for 28 years says he is surprised that Gilbert's crime has decreased. "I'm pleasantly surprised. It makes me glad I live in Gilbert," Spletter said.

"The statistics bear out, the police must be doing a good job," Spletter said.

Gilbert Police have increased their presence on Gilbert and Warner roads on Thursday nights due to weekly protests by police supporters and Black Lives Matter supporters.

"I don't like it at all," Pettit said. Traffic gets backed up and too much money is spent on it, says Pettit.

"I was shocked about the amount of money we spent to have our police officers over there," Pettit said referring to a recent report from Community Impact stating that $700,000 has been spent by the GPD to have officers present.

According to an email statement by Carrasco "The Gilbert Police Department implemented additional measures to keep all participants safe at the Thursday gatherings, including increasing staffing levels and using barricades to keep participants on opposite sides to limit potential confrontations."

The GPD has had officers present at the protests since they began in June.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

As the holiday season draws nearer, many of us find ourselves drawn to the same old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials and the perennial favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." However, I would like to suggest an overlooked alternative, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas." It is a heartfelt, funny, and surprisingly inclusive Christmas special that deserves more recognition.

Keep Reading... Show less
Reclaim Your Weekends From The 'Sunday Scaries' With 'Self-Love Sundays' Instead
Olivia DeLucia

Laid back and taking it easy — sometimes that is the motto we all need after a busy week. Sunday scaries? Yes, they are valid – but you know what else is? A Sunday full of self-love. A lazy Sunday spent doing what you feel needs to be done to ease into the next week. Self-Love Sundays are a guilty pleasure that isn't only essential for our mind, and body, but are also a surprisingly proactive way to devote the upcoming week with a clear mindset.

So, what is a more suitable way to dedicate your week's end than a beautifully, connected playlist to accompany your face masks and journaling? Cheers, to a Self-Love Sunday (and a playlist intertwined with it to match). (Please note: "Sunday Morning" isn't included in this list, due to the obvious, but feel free to blast it anyway, we know you want to).

Keep Reading... Show less
Sunset Girl

The sun rose and peeked through the sheer curtains. Rose’s alarm shrieked. The loud bells caused her phone to jump on the side table. It was time for her to get ready for church. Blindly reaching for her phone, she shut the alarm off and pulled at the covers providing her a cocoon of warmth and tossed them to the side. She swept her bare feet across the bed to touch the cool wooden floor.

Rose softly tiptoed to the corner of the bedroom to grab her clothes dangling on the arm of the bedroom chair. Scooping all of the items of her chosen outfit, she headed to the bathroom hoping that she wouldn’t drop anything.

Round, piercing blue eyes stared back at her in the bathroom mirror. Rose fingered the wrinkles forming around her eyes. So many of them bore signs of laughter and smiling. Slowly dropping her hands, she couldn’t remember the last time she laughed in her home with Tom. Shaking her head as if to erase the negative thoughts, she reached for her makeup bag and went through her regular routine.

Applying her favorite deep rose lipstick, Rose headed downstairs to make her coffee and bagel to take with her to church. The smell of dark-roast coffee swirled in the air as Rose sliced her cinnamon raisin bagel. Hearing the Keurig sputter with the fresh brew, Rose found the interruption of the stillness comforting. The toaster signaled that her bagel was done with a soft pop. It had a delicious golden brown color. Placing the bagel on the counter, she generously spread honey nut flavored cream cheese across both halves. Gathering her bible, notebook, and pens from the side table on the porch she stuffed them into her purse. Purse hanging on her right shoulder she juggled her coffee and bagel in both of her hands as she headed to the garage.

Keep Reading... Show less

This Holiday Season, Choose To Be Eco-friendly And Reduce Pollution

Many of us have old magazines lying around, fully read and not of much use anymore. However, we can use their bright colors and prints as a stylish and trendy wrapping paper!


It can be overwhelming to see the detrimental effects of climate change and pollution on the news, from animals dying and forest fires spreading, but there are smaller changes that we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint, and it begins with our gifting season.

On average, Americans throw 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Years, which translates to 25 million tons of garbage. That's 1 million extra tons per week.

Keep Reading... Show less

This Feeling Hurts

A Poem on Love

Ronny Salerno

This feeling hurts. I must declare

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments