Is crime trending downward? GPD say it is.


Guam – Is crime trending downward? Apparently that is the case according to the Guam Police Department based on available information.

A downward trend is defined each successive year being less than the previous year.  But according to GPD reports in 2013 crime went up from the previous year.  In 2014, crimes volume i total dropped, but in 2015 went up slightly.

PNC asked GPD if it would be more accurate to state there is a fluctuating trend—because as defined, a downward trend would show each successive year being less than the previous year.

“I will tell you when you analyze it from one year to the next then yes, your statement is accurate, your analogy is accurate,” Police Chief JI Cruz said.

But according to Chief Cruz, what they are discussing is a five year trend that compares the crime volume from 2012 to 2016.  In doing so, the police department says in its eyes there is an overall downward trend—even if the data also shows peaks and valleys from one year to the next.

PNC took a look at the data provided from 2012 to 2016.  The number of total crimes rose 4 out of the 5 years analyzed, with the lowest total crime volume recorded in 2014.  It’s clear that crime did not decline each successive year, so is GPD being accurate in how it speaks about trends?

“I have stated that in what we put out that there are differences and trend have dropped from one year to the next. I would agree with you that the trend does fluctuate up and down as you define,” acknowledged Cruz.

What other way is there to define a downward trend?

“Again as we take a look at this from 2012 to 2016 we are considering all the variable that affect that at that particular point,” explained the Chief.

The Chief of Police further explained the numbers from 2012, when taking into consideration 2013 through 2016 is a downward trend.

Is there a downward trend? Despite the rise in crime year-to-year GPD says yes, but acknowledges that others can come to a different conclusion.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.