2009 Crime Dropped Overall, But Some Types Increased

March 16, 2010

An analysis of 2009 crime in West University Place shows an overall decrease compared to 2008, but some individual categories like vehicle thefts, car burglaries and non-residential building burglaries saw increases.

InstantNewsWestU requested copies of the West U. Police Department’s 2008 and 2009 Uniform Crime Reports, which contain statistics that local police departments submit to the FBI for a program that tracks nationwide crime.

A review of the 2009 crime reports reveals an overall decrease of 8.7 percent compared to 2008, which includes decreases in reports of rape, assaults, home burglaries and thefts. Reports of robberies remained the same year to year, and the number of arrests also remained virtually the same.

However, reports of non-residential building burglaries increased 27 percent, car burglaries jumped 22 percent, and vehicle thefts climbed 14 percent. Even considering the scattered increases, the number of crimes reported in each category remain very low. Following are the findings of InstantNewsWestU’s analysis.

2009 crime compared to 2008 reports

  • TOTAL CRIME — decreased from 229 to 209 crimes in 2009 (8.7 percent drop)
  • Rape — decreased from 2 to 0 reports in 2009
  • Robbery — 4 reports each year
  • Assault — decreased from 20 to 6 incidents in 2009 (70 percent drop)
  • Home burglary — decreased from 44 to 30 reports in 2009 (32 percent drop)
  • Building burglary — increased from 11 to 14 reports in 2009 (27 percent climb)
  • Car burglary — increased from 82 to 100 cases in 2009 (22 percent climb)
  • Car theft — increased from 7 to 8 incidents in 2009 (14 percent climb)
  • Other theft — decreased from 59 to 47 reports in 2009 (20 percent drop)

Other comparisons

  • Arrests — increased from 159 to 161 arrests in 2009 (1 percent climb)
  • Total value of stolen property — decreased from $476,829 to $443,363 in 2009 (7 percent drop)
  • Total value of recovered property — decreased from $103,746 to $22,291 in 2009 (78.5 percent drop)
InstantNewsWestu Staff

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