During a press conference where police chiefs from several southern California agencies gathered to discuss the impacts of prisoner realignment Wednesday, Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro revealed the city’s property crimes have increased by 8 percent over the past year.
Prisoner realignment is the result of AB109, a year-old law that went into effect in October 2011 to address overcrowding in state prisons.
Police chiefs from cities including La Verne, Long Beach, Culver City and Pasadena gathered in El Monte Wednesday morning and spoke of rising crime rates, dwindling budgets and smaller staff members to deal with the earlier release of prisoners.
Castro noted that the Glendora Police department is not financially equipped to monitor local parolees in the post release community supervision programs.
He attributed the spike in local property theft, the most common crime committed in Glendora, to early release of state prisoners.
In 2011, larceny arrests jumped 12 percent over the previous year.