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Reported crimes decline in Ontario in first part of 2020 as pandemic has impact

Ontario City Police Chief Steven Romero said more focused patrols have helped cut down on the city crime rate. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

ONTARIO – Between the coronavirus and more focused patrol work, Ontario is seeing a dip in overall crime so far this year, according to statistics from the Ontario Police Department.

The agency reported 7,870 calls to police from January through the end of September, compared to 8,189 in the same period in 2019.

There were some notable drops.

Arrests are down 25% – from 825 last year to 626 this year.

Reported burglaries so far total 100, compared to 142 last year.

The biggest drop came in “gang related cases,” which plunged to 23 in the first nine months of the year. That works out to roughly two . . .