Violent crime was down in Burbank for the first half of the year, police reported — a trend officials attributed to no longer having to transport prisoners to and from Glendale during reconstruction of their own jail facility.
Aggravated assaults, rapes and robberies, among other more serious offenses — known as Part 1 crimes — were down 9% from January to June when compared to the same period last year.
Through June, there were 1,336 Part 1 offenses reported, down from 1,466 last year and 1,524 in 2010, according to preliminary data released this week by police.
Police said the drop occurred, in part, because fewer resources were spent transporting arrestees to the Glendale jail while the Burbank own jail was being rebuilt due to shoddy initial construction.
Spot repairs began on the police headquarters building where the jail is housed in 2000 — two years after it was built — due to water damage.