Despite high-profile robberies of several Wells Fargo Banks in the downtown area, Pleasanton police say crime is about the same as last year.
Sgt. Jim Knox said that there has been one less robbery year-to-date since this time last year and aggravated assaults are up slightly, but it's not a significant jump.
As for the Wells Fargo robberies, Knox said the four events were done by two repeat offenders who have been caught and charged.
As October comes to an end, so does National Crime Prevention Month, where the police department provided crime prevention packs to the public, with information on personal security, identity theft and child safety.
At that time, police said statistics show Pleasanton as one of the safest communities in California. Reports from 2007 show the lowest crime rate in more than 20 years, with 19.8 Part I crimes per 1,000 people. Part I crimes were defined as being serious and violent in nature, including homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, vehicle theft and arson.
This year has also proven a contrast years past where Part I crimes ranged from 23 to 40 per 1,000 people.
One prevalent issue from last year that hasn't seen improvement would be vehicular burglaries, many of which are easily preventable. Knox said they continue to encourage people to remove valuables from vehicles, especially overnight, and to always lock up. This message especially rings true as the height of the holiday shopping season approaches and visible shopping bags have been known to lure burglars.
Knox also added that gloomy economic times haven't seemed to impact criminal activity.