2012 Crime Statistics (Press Release)

by Police Administration, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 02:00 (2398 days ago)

The Abilene Police Department currently has 192 police officers and 61 civilians providing police services for 118,000 people. For that to be effective, the community and the police department must work together to reduce crime. In 2011, we enjoyed much less crime – violent crime fell by 26% and property crime fell by 10%. 2012 is not looking as promising. For the first six months of 2012, violent crime has increased in Abilene by 9.6%. There have been 216 incidents of violent crime thus far, compared to 197 in the same timeframe in 2011. Violent crimes include murder, robbery, sexual assault, and aggravated assault. Regarding property crime, it has increased by .3%. There have been 2,247 reported incidents, compared to 2,240 incidents in 2011.

Together we can make a difference. I offer these practical suggestions:

1. First and foremost, please know that you are the first line of defense against crime. Crime impacts all of us, so you must take this personally if you are to reduce crime.

2. Secondly, we need everyone to remove their valuables from their cars and then lock them. We had 444 car burglaries in the first six months of 2012. Please remember that even a locked car is no longer a deterrent, so citizens must first remove their valuables.

3. Regarding home burglaries, we encourage our citizens to record make, model, and serial number on all valuables within their home. We have a free website that we would like to offer to record this information – www.leadsonline.com . We recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property every year, but tragically most citizens have no idea what property belongs to them.

4. Our fourth suggestion is simply to remind our citizens that the most important aspect of crime fighting involves being a good witness – we need citizens to call and report suspicious or illegal activities.

5. And lastly, I want to remind everyone of our shared mission statement – we work together to build a community of the highest quality for present and future generations. Let’s work together to impact crime.

Thank you,

Stan Standridge
Chief of Police

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