Police Chief Presents First Quarter Crime Stats
Posted on 06/02/2017

Burglaries and traffic collisions were down, while larcenies were up during the first three months of 2017, according to Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, who presented the first quarter crime statistics at the May 16 City Council meeting.

There were 44 larcenies in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 33 during the same time period last year. Property taken from automobiles is the most common type of larceny, accounting for 28 of the 44 larcenies.

Thieves will often target areas with open parking lots, such as the Coal Creek Family YMCA, Lake Boren Park and apartment complexes, Irvine said.

To help prevent car prowls:

• Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, purses and wallets.

• Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

• Park your vehicle in a garage.

• Close all windows and lock your car. Do not leave keys in the vehicle.

• If you have to leave something in your car, place it in the trunk or other secure location prior to arriving at your destination. Do not do it after you have parked your car.

Irvine also encourages residents to photograph expensive possessions and record item serial numbers. It could help owners reunite with the items, in the event they are stolen and recovered.

Overall, the data shows, Part I crimes (which include robbery, larceny and more) were up compared to this time last year, while Part II crimes (including vandalism and trespassing) were down.

There were 12 burglaries in the first quarter, down from 16 the year before. Similarly, traffic collisions were down to 22, after hitting a high of 31 at this point last year.

During her presentation, Irvine thanked residents for calling and reporting suspicious activity. It does make a difference, she said.

“I appreciate the help of the citizens. We’ve had some real good cases solved because people are calling in activity. It truly is a partnership with the citizens of Newcastle,” Irvine said.

If you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, do not hesitate to immediately call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number 206-296-3311. If possible, write down the license plate of suspicious cars or snap a photo, but don’t jeopardize your safety to do so, Irvine said.

Links

2017 First Quarter Police Service Report (PDF)
2017 First Quarter Update Presentation to Council (PDF)

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