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Crime DOWN in Fresno County, but UP in California

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A new report shows crime rates are up across the state, but that's not true in Fresno.

Statewide, violent crime has risen more than 3% since the early release of prison inmates began.

But in Fresno County, the number is actually down 12%.

Statewide, property crime is up 7%.

Yet, it's down in Fresno County.

Officers say you can credit their tough fight on car thieves.

For example, Raymond Luna was arrested last month.

He had been Fresno's most wanted car thief.

And this could have easily been like any other of his last five arrests when he was released over and over because of jail overcrowding.

But now, he's sleeping in a state prison, off the streets for at least four years.

He had been taking one of five beds Fresno police have leased at the county jail.

Police say they are working closely with prosecutors to move car thieves to prison beds as quickly as they can.

But, the beds reserved for the top five thieves don't stay empty.

Once a person is sentenced, the search begins for another top offender.

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