Nov. 17 – 30, 2012
Crime from page 1
has a security rating of just 19 out of 100. The website says chances of becoming a property crime victim are 1 in 31, slightly above the overall Arizona rate of 1 in 28. Annually, 8,244 crimes are reported with 695 considered violent. Police insist the headline-grabbing cases don’t tell the whole story and that the problem is not more crime, but closer scrutiny. “Part 1 crimes – homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, stolen vehicles and arsons – are down in all categories but one – rape – from the previous fiscal year,” says Detective Seth Tyler, spokesman for the Chandler Police Department. “Chandler is now the third largest city in Maricopa County, the fourth largest city overall in Arizona. With this comes a tighter focus on what is occurring in our city.” While unaware how ratings like the one cited are calculated, Tyler says internal numbers show police have adequate resources and are actively responding to the city’s law enforcement needs. “Our department does not directly provide data to this website. While the police department was required to do a little belt tightening, we are fortunate in that the city has a sound financial base. Staffing has not been affected and the design of our patrol schedule allows teams to work details on overlap days. This places additional officers on the street on certain days and times of day, and it allows most of our patrol teams to focus one day on a special project.”
According to Tyler, violent acts between strangers in Chandler are still rare. “Crimes against persons are mostly relationship based and not random acts,” says Tyler. “In most cases, some type of prior relationship existed between the victim and the suspect, which led to the encounter. The shooting at Serrano’s is a good example of this.” In that case, Ric Serrano, a member of the family-owned Mexican food restaurant chain, says it appeared the victim was trying to get away from someone who followed him into the restaurant, confronted and shot him, resulting in injuries that were not life-threatening. No one has been apprehended for the Oct. 6 incident. The detective says with crimes of opportunity, the perpetrator doesn’t usually know the victims personally. “Property crimes, such as burglaries, thefts and fraud, are more random acts,” Tyler notes. “Even though these types of crimes are random, it does not mean they’re not preventable. Many victims of property crimes inadvertently bait the criminal into choosing them as a victim. An example of this would be leaving items of value exposed in a locked vehicle.”
One victim’s story
“I was at work when I got the call that our house had been broken into,” reports a resident of Clemente Ranch who asked not to be identified. “My parents were in town visiting us but had gone out for
ACCUSED: Kilian Hale is thought to be responsible for dozens of Southern Chandler burglaries and more than $100,000 in stolen goods, say Chandler police. The 50-year-old Sun Lakes resident was caught while reportedly trying to sell the items to Valley pawnshops. Submitted photo
coffee, and when they got back, the door had been kicked in and it was clear someone had been inside. They called 911 and were told to wait outside just in case anyone was still in the house.” She says police arrived quickly and searched the home, but the burglar was gone, along with several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, electronics and other goods. “Our bedroom had been ransacked – they grabbed pillowcases right off our bed and filled them with whatever
www.SanTanSun.com they could find,” the victim recalls. “They took our computers, TV, iPods, my jewelry, my husband’s guitar. My parents weren’t gone more than an hour, an hour and a half maybe, and that’s all it took for them to clean us out.” She was pleased with the police response but is disappointed no personal items were recovered in the six weeks since the burglary occurred. “All the pictures of my kids growing up were on my computer,” she laments. “And all the addresses for our Christmas card list are gone. I keep thinking of so many things that were stored on that computer that are gone now and it’s really upsetting.” One positive development is the arrest of a man believed to be responsible for this and more than 40 similar burglaries in Southern Chandler. “The police told me they have a suspect they’re pretty sure did this,” she notes, “but he won’t give them any information about if anyone else was working with him or what he’s done with all my things.”
Police nab S. Chandler burglar
The man arrested for the Southern Chandler burglaries is Kilian Hale, a 50-year-old resident of Sun Lakes with a criminal record for burglary and trafficking in stolen property. Police believe he invaded dozens of homes in the area, stealing more than $100,000 worth of property over the past few months with a basic system for targeting victims.
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