Crime escalates by 5 percent in 2013
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2014 1:02PM
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: February 4, 2014 1:03PM
CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land submitted his annual report of crime and traffic statistics last week.
Land wrote: “One of the priorities going into 2013 was to increase our agency’s overall level of traffic enforcement throughout the City. The Patrol Division’s efforts resulted in significant increases in our traffic enforcement figures from 2012. The goal was not to necessarily issue more tickets but to increase our overall visibility on the City’s streets and help reduce the safety for all motorists.”
The report showed an increase in criminal charges filed in the city of 5 percent. In 2012 there were 1,045 criminal charges filed and in 2013 there were 1,101.
Traffic stops were more than double, from 2,589 up to 4,770. Only 1,326 tickets were issued in 2012 but just the next year there were 2,593 tickets written. Not everyone got a ticket. Warnings were also up, from 709 in 2012 to 1,432 in 2013.
Land wrote in his report that a traffic stop for a simple infraction can often lead to the arrest for other crimes, such as drug possession, DUI or the recovery of stolen items.
The total calls to the police department for service went up by over 850 calls in the past year. There was one homicide in the city in 2013, one armed robbery — the same as the previous year — and no rapes were reported last year.
There were two more batteries from 2012 to 2013 for a total last year of 140. There were 10 more burglaries in 2013 than the year before for a total of 56 burglaries. On the other hand, thefts were down by 33. Last year saw 378 thefts. Vehicle thefts were also down by two to 14. “The two reported violent crimes (1 homicide and 1 armed robbery) resulted in the arrest of the suspect in both cases by our Investigations Unit,” wrote Chief Land.
In 2013 the CPPD hired three new officers; all were assigned to the Patrol Division. That brought the total number of sworn officers to 44. The current way that the department has their officers assigned puts 78 percent of the sworn officers ing the Uniformed Patrol Division, and Investigations Unit consists of 30 patrol officers and four investigators.
Land said, “As a department, we are never satisfied with any crime statistic as each number represents a citizen having been the victim of a crime. And while our arrests made in the reported Burglary cases increased in 2013, we will be working on having those crimes reduced.”