San Carlos is known for being a relatively safe community. It’s one of the big reasons that people choose to settle here and raise families — it’s still very much a “bedroom community” that until recently enjoyed relative obscurity. When I used to work in Silicon Valley, most people I talked with had no idea where San Carlos was even located! And that’s fine for most residents of San Carlos — a big part of the charm of this city is that it has been a hidden gem on the Peninsula for many years.
But the public safety of San Carlos isn’t something we can take for granted anymore, especially during this period of financial crisis. Have you gotten the feeling recently that there are more crimes being reported in San Carlos? Do you know someone who has been a victim of a crime in San Carlos? It’s not your imagination that crime is on the uptick — because it is.
“Part 1 Crimes” Increased by 25% in 2009.
In tonight’s San Carlos City Council Meeting, Police Chief Greg Rothaus will present some alarming statistics to the City Council in his Annual Report on Police Services. In a period of time where our police budget is being slashed, headcount reduced, and services being outsourced, Part 1 Crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, arson, and motor vehicle theft) have increased by 25% from 2008. Here’s the graphic that he will present this evening:
With the huge budget deficit that the Council must resolve this year, there’s no guarantee that police services won’t be slashed further. To download Chief Rothaus’ complete report, click here: San Carlos Police Report-2009
Fire Department Update
In tonight’s Council meeting, Fire Chief Douglas Fry will also be presenting his quarterly update to the Council and City Manager. The Fire Department has fared a bit better in the funding area, as they have recently secured grants that will enable them to upgrade their radio system to be compliant with FCC mandates. But department staffing and equipment allocation remains a big concern within the Department, because it has a direct impact on speed and quality of their response.
You’re probably aware of the fatal home fire that happened just a few days ago in Devonshire Canyon. According to a source close to City Hall, Chief Fry will also discuss this incident in detail at this evening’s Council Meeting, with the current budget cuts as the underlying theme. Should be a very compelling presentation.
If You’re Interested…
Tonight’s City Council meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the San Carlos City Hall, 600 Elm Street. The meeting is open to the public.
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