Reporting stolen car stats

July 5, 2013 

I'm a little perplexed about Modesto's status as the car theft capital of the United States, again. I clearly remember a meeting I attended last winter about reducing crime when a question was asked about that very statistic and a Modesto Police retiree explained that it was only because "Modesto plays by the rules."

He explained that other departments, Stockton was named, do not report car thefts if the vehicle is recovered within a week and a large percentage of vehicles are recovered within a week. But Modesto reports every car taken, even if it is recovered, as this is the "correct" way to do it.

Does anyone know if this is true or B.S., and, if so, why do we not ever see this in stories about Modesto's high rate of car theft?

JESSE GARZA

Modesto

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