Crown Point crime stable, traffic stops jump in 2013
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent February 2, 2014 10:57PM
Crime Stats 2013
Here are the types of calls Crown Point Police responded to in 2013. Figures for 2012 are in parentheses.
Total Calls for Service: 23,255 (22,391)
Homicide: 1 (0)
Rape: 0 (2)
Robbery: 1 (1)
Battery: 140 (138)
Burglary: 56 (46)
Thefts: 378 (411)
Vehicle Thefts: 14 (16)
Vehicle Crashes, w/injury 93 (106)
Vehicle Crashes, w/o injury 699 (700)
Vehicle Crashes, fatal 1 (0)
SOURCE: Annual Uniform Crime Report, Crime and Accident Statistics provided by Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land
Updated: March 4, 2014 6:12AM
CROWN POINT — An increased focus on patrol raised the number of traffic stops and subsequent tickets by about 50 percent in 2013 while overall criminal charges in
the city went up a nominal 5 percent over 2012.
Police Chief Pete Land this week released the department’s annual summary of Uniform Crime Reports and Crime and Traffic Data for 2013 showing what type of criminal activity was occurring in the city.
In 2013 there were 1,101 total criminal charges filed in the city, 56, or 5 percent more than where filed in 2012.
The city saw one murder in 2013 and one traffic fatality in 2013 after a year that saw no loss of life in 2012. There was one armed robbery, consistent with 2012, and there were no rapes in 2013 versus two reported in 2012.
“The two reported violent crimes, one homicide and one armed robbery, resulted in the arrest of the suspect in both cases by our Investigations Unit,” Land said.
There was an 8 percent decrease in the overall number of reported property thefts and vehicle thefts, with the reported number of cases of battery and assaults remaining consistent. The police department saw an increase in the overall number of burglaries reported.
Statistics include burglaries to businesses, private residences, fenced storage yards and residential and commercial storage sheds.
The most significant changes in activity could be found in the patrol division.
“One of the priorities going into 2013 was to increase our agency’s overall level of traffic enforcement throughout the city,” Land said in the report.
Three new officers were hired in 2013 and assigned to the patrol division, bringing the department staffing to 44. There are 20 officers assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division and four assigned to the Investigations Unit, numbers that represent 78 percent of the force.
An ongoing change within the agency will increase that number to 80 percent with a 31st officer assigned to the patrol division.
Traffic stops went up 56 percent in 2013 over 2012, from 2,589 to 4,770. There were 2,593 tickets issued in 2013 versus 1,326 in 2012, a 49 percent increase. Officers also issued 1,432 warnings in 2013, almost double the 709 issued in 2012. The increase in tickets and warnings corresponds with the increase in number of overall stops.
“The goal was not to necessarily issue more tickets but to increase our overall visibility on the city’s streets ... ,” Land said, adding that a traffic stop for a simple infraction often can lead to arrests for other crimes such as drug possession and driving under the influence or the recovery of stolen items.