Senator Janet Nguyen Introduces Property Crime Bill to Strengthen Public Safety

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In an effort to enhance public safety and assist law enforcement, Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 284 (SB 284). This bill would give law enforcement the option to book and hold violators who commit misdemeanor property crimes like burglary, theft, and shoplifting. Under current law, perpetrators of any of these crimes, are only cited and released if the items stolen are valued under $950.

“As a result of the minimal consequences for property theft, perpetrators face no accountability for their actions,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “SB 284 would give law enforcement officers the option to remove these offenders from the community as long as we can by law. The intent is to make it more difficult for perpetrators to re-offend and hinder their ability to commit multiple crimes in a short period of time. This is especially important because some violators tend to commit multiple crimes within the same day.”

Over the last two years California has seen a significant increase in property crime.  According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2015, property crime was up 6.6% from the previous year.  Additionally, in 2015, 41 of the state’s 58 counties saw increases in their property crime rates.  For its part, Orange County saw a 23% increase in overall property crime over that same period of time. Deterring property crime is especially important because these crimes often lead to more serious crimes and pose a threat to both safety and economic security.

"Property crime negatively impacts the quality of life in our communities.  Unfortunately in recent years our State and County has seen an increase in property crime.  I am pleased to work with Senator Nguyen on SB 284, which will provide law enforcement with a useful tool for addressing crimes like theft, shoplifting and burglary,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

SB 284 will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee and is sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. If signed into law, SB 284 would go into effect on January 1, 2018.  

Senator Nguyen has worked with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies for many years to deter property crime and to enhance public safety.