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Violent crimes up in El Dorado County

William Ferchland

Although violent crimes have increased in El Dorado County from 2005 to 2006, Undersheriff Fred Kollar is looking on the bright side.

Violent crimes increased 26 percent in that period, from 325 cases in 2005 to 410 in 2006, according to numbers from the California Department of Justice.

Kollar said the increase of 26 percent is nearly the same as the decrease from 2004 to 2005. With the population swelling along the West Slope, the increase isn’t as bad as it appears, Kollar said. Still, murders in the county went from three to four and rapes went from 13 to 17, Kollar said.

Statistics breaking down crimes between the West Slope and Tahoe were not available. But a look on the sheriff’s Web site under crime reports underscores much more criminal activity at the lower elevation.

Don Atkinson, president of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, believes the higher crime rate affects Tahoe in the level of resources at the basin.

“I don’t know if that’s the sole reason but they’re certainly pulling resources from up here,” Atkinson said.

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Kollar denied Tahoe was being adversely affected by the West Slope’s activity.

“Overall the sheriff’s office has done very, very well,” Kollar said.