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Wednesday, Jun 26 2013 11:25 AM

'First Look': Police chief tackles burglaries, Most Wanted and motorcycles

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    Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson talks about burglaries, the reduction of motorcycle units and the Most Wanted criminals on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    Two current Bakersfield Police motorcycle units are parked at BPD headquarters. The Bakersfield Police Department is reducing its number of motorcycles for safety reasons.

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    One of the first Bakersfield Police motorcycles was possibly Robert B. Powers from the early 1900s. The Bakersfield Police Department is reducing its number of motorcycles for safety reasons.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson talked about current issues facing the public and department Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Simulcast host Scott Cox asked the chief what he tells people to make them feel better, despite the rise in burglaries the city is seeing.

Williamson instead offered a fact: 75 percent to 80 percent of burglaries are happening during daytime hours.

"There's people looking to take anything that isn't locked down," Williamson said.

Some people aren't above that "spur of the moment" opportunity to see what they can nab from open garages.

"Keep that door shut. Keep your valuables out of sight," Williamson said.

He also reiterated that you can help police get your stolen property back to you by etching your driver's license number into valuable items.

"You're supposed to be safe and secure in your home," Williamson said.

The police chief also talked about the people who are currently most wanted by the department. (See accompanying photos and descriptions.)

"We want to catch as many of these desperados as we can," Williamson said.

And he also tackled the topic of motorcycles on the force. The BPD is phasing out most motorcycles, except for those used for off-road operations.

Too many officers are going down, and some don't fully recover and must leave the department.

"When you're on a motorcycle, you're going down, and that road is not soft," the chief said.

He emphasized that the department will continue its traffic safety and enforcement programs -- just from cars instead of motorcycles.

 

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