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Police present 2011 statistics

February 29, 2012

Crime once again decreased in Bonner Springs in 2011.

The Bonner Springs Police Department recently shared its 2011 crime statistics with the city council, with the number of reports for several types of crimes either decreasing or staying constant. Burglaries and auto thefts decreased significantly, but reports of assault more than doubled.

According to Bonner Police Chief John Haley, there was a nearly 9 percent decrease in calls for service with 19,949 in 2011. Part 1 crimes, those tracked by the federal government — including rape, homicide, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft — also saw a 4 percent decrease overall.

Within those numbers were some large increases and decreases, however. Assaults increased from 44 to 71, a 61 percent increase, and thefts saw a small increase from 186 to 197. But burglaries decreased 58 percent, from 55 to 23, and auto thefts fell a whopping 68 percent, from 35 to 8.

Overall arrests also decreased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011, from a total of 769 to 629. The biggest percentage drop was in domestic violence arrests, which dropped from 33 to 16.

There were no homicides, three robberies and one report of rape, numbers that remained steady from 2010.

Traffic activity decreased overall, with injury accidents dropping from 22 to 27, non-injury accidents dropping from 251 to 232, and private property accidents reduced from 44 to 32. But the number of citations the department handed our increased 5 percent to 3,419.

Animal control activity also decreased but for the case of neglect, in which 69 animals were seized from a Bonner property, which increased the number of citations issued from 16 to 60.

Edwardsville Police Chief Mark Mathies also recently shared his 2011 public safety report with the Edwardsville City Council.

Property crimes continue to be the most common in the city, Mathies reported. There were 399 Part 1 crimes. This was a 19 percent decrease from 2010.

Edwardsville analyzes its crime rates by using the number of crimes reported, the city’s population and a control population of 1,000. Mathies said the current crime rate per 1,000 persons is 28, which was a slight increase from 22.6 in 2010. This crime rate would equate to 130 people affected by an act of a serious crime in the city.

Overall, the city’s police department saw a 9.7 percent decrease in the number of reported incidents and a slight decrease in the number of dispatched calls for service. But the crime rate increased because the incidents that did occur were more serious in nature.

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