Mammoth Lakes Police: crime and traffic stats

MLPD 3-23-10

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department just released crime and traffic statistics for 2011 compared to 2010.  Following is the news release that details that state of crime and traffic issues:

The Town of Mammoth Lakes had a 5% increase in Part I Crimes and a 7% decrease in Hit and Run and Injury traffic collisions in 2011 when compared to the previous year.

The chart below shows the breakdown by type of crime and type of traffic collision.

There were 16 more reported crimes in 2011.  The most dramatic increase was in Motor Vehicle Thefts which had an increase of 17 over the previous year.  If stolen vehicles aren’t considered, the town actually had a slight drop in crime.  Eight of the stolen vehicles were autos.  Another eight were trucks or buses, and six were other types of vehicles such as motorcycles.  The largest reduction in crime was in rapes which dropped from eight in 2010 to five in 2011.

The Crime Clearance rate remained unchanged at 12%.

Only injury or Hit and Run traffic collisions are shown.  Since not all non-injury accidents are reported, those reports are not included because that could skew the accuracy of the data.  The 7% reduction in collisions was based primarily on a 17% decrease in injury collisions.  There were no traffic fatalities in 2011.

Police Chief Dan Watson said, “Because we are a small town without a lot of crime, fairly large percentage swings are not unusual.  If a couple of burglars or car thieves come to town they can quickly change the crime picture.  Likewise, when they are arrested or leave the area, that picture can turn around quickly.”


CRIME                      2010             2011               % CHANGE

Murder                      0                   0                        No change
Rape                           8                   5                          -36%
Robbery                     2                   4                          +100%
Assault                     88                 90                         +2%
Burglary                  68                  67                         -1%
Larceny                  158                157                         -1%
Motor Vehicle Theft     5             22                       +340%
Total                       329                345                        +5%

TRAFFIC            2010        2011        % CHANGE

Injury Collisions               23        19        -17%
Hit and Run Collisions    51        50        -2%
Total                                    74        69        -7%


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6 Responses to Mammoth Lakes Police: crime and traffic stats

  1. Sierra Lady February 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Any citizen is allowed to ride-along with a Police Officer at any time…just stop by or call and sign up! I have gone on three ride-along’s in the past several years as a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member with three different officers and not only is it fun, but a real eye opener as to what happens daily in their world.

    This spring the MLPD will host the 3rd M.L. Community Police Academy which is a free 9-week course (3 hrs. a wk.) for community members to learn all about the MLPD. My husband and I attended the 2nd academy in 2011 and learned an incredible amount of information about how our PD runs and the classes are taught by our officers. Contact Officer Scobie for the details.

    B. Richter

    • upthecreek February 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm #


  2. hanna February 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I totally agree. I dont buy or even look at the mammoth times any more. I only got it for the police beat. I believe our community has a right to know what crimes are being committed and who’s committing them

  3. Dan Watson February 2, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    To my knowledge, no one has asked the media to not publish crime statistics. They are available to all media outlets. I’ve recently spoken with the editor of the Mammoth Times and they intend on providing this information in the near future.

    • STEVEN February 4, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      Good. Squeaky wheel gets the grease! Thanks for the up date.

  4. STEVEN February 2, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    The Mammoth Times took out the Police beat so that common Citizens like us do not see the crime that is going on here in so called paradise.
    I am sure they were asked to take it out so that our tourists do not see that Mammoth actually has crime.
    This is misleading and I think Locals and tourists alike, need to know the crimes that are happening and where they are happening and when, so that we can all avoid those areas at those places and times!
    I wish the media would put a weekly spread of the crime here. I mean, who new this was going on! :
    CRIME 2010 2011 % CHANGE

    Murder 0 0 No change
    Rape 8 5 -36%
    Robbery 2 4 +100%
    Assault 88 90 +2%
    Burglary 68 67 -1%
    Larceny 158 157 -1%
    Motor Vehicle Theft 5 22 +340%
    Total 329 345 +5%
    Like I have said in the past, SHHHHHHH!


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