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Porter County Sheriff Police report that a lot more tickets were issued in 2013

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Traffic enforcement spiked in 2013, accidents rose only marginally, and property crime was mostly down.

Those are the trends highlighted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police 2013 report.

Begin with enforcement: last year PCSP officers issued 4,056 citations, compared to 3,184 in 2012, an increase of 27 percent and nearly double the number issued in 2009; and 15,190 warnings, compared to 13,025, an increase of 17 percent.

More: there were half again as many OWI arrests in 2013 as in 2012: 349 last year, compared to 229 in the previous year, an increase of 52 percent. Those 349 OWI arrests represents a five-year high and more than double the number in 2009.

Of the total number of arrests in 2013--1,617--118 were alcohol related (excepting OWI arrests), an increase of 23 percent; and 158 were drug related, a decrease of 6 percent.

Oddly, actual traffic stops were down in 2013: 17,558, compared to 18,914 in 2012, a decrease of 7 percent. OWI complaints were similarly down: 46, compared to 71 in 2012, a decrease of 35 percent.

Traffic accidents, while still trending low, were up slightly last year:

* The PCSP investigated six fatal crashes in 2013, compared to five in 2012. Those six fatals, however, represent a 63-percent drop from the 16 in 2010 and a 57-percent drop from the 14 in 2009.

* Personal-injury crashes rose by 8 percent, to 362 in 2013 from 334 in 2012. The number of personal-injury crashes has remained roughly stable over the last five years, with 368 in 2011, 343 in 2010, and 383 in 2009.

* Property-damage crashes rose by 4 percent, to 1,205 in 2013 from 1,162 in 2012. Those 1,205 crashes are still on the five-year low end, with 1,273 in 2011, 1,282 in 2010, and 1,348 in 2009.

* Hit-and-run crashes were down by 26 percent, to 75 in 2013 from 101 in 2012. Those 75 hit-and-runs represent a five-year low, with 104 in 2011, 97 in 2010, and 105 in 2009.

Crimes Against Property

* Meanwhile, the PCSP investigated 186 burglaries in 2013, just two more than in 2012, a nominal increase of 1 percent. The five-year low for reported burglaries was 127 in 2010; the five-year high, 280 in 2009.

* Thefts, on the other hand, fell dramatically, by 12 percent, to 582 in 2013 from 659 in 2012. Those 582 reported thefts represents a five-low. The five-year high: 823 in 2009.

* Vehicle thefts also declined precipitously, by 33 percent, to 34 in 2013 from 51 in 2012. Those 34 vehicle thefts represent a five-year low. The five-year high: 64 in 2011.

Crimes Against Persons

* There were no reported homicides in Porter County in 2013, compared to two in 2012 and 2011, none in 2010, and one in 2009.

* The PCSP investigated four rapes in 2013, compared to three in 2012, four in 2011, one in 2010, and two in 2009.

* The PCSP investigated six robberies in 2013, compared to two in 2012, three in 2011, five in 2010, and one in 2009.

* Reported assaults were up 9 percent in 2013, 211 compared to 194 in 2012. The previous year’s 194 was a five-year low; the five-year high, 287 in 2010.

Uniform Crime Report Totals

All told, the seven categories tallied by the Uniform Crime Report Part 1 submitted to the FBI--homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, and auto theft--reflect a 7-percent drop in 2013 compared to 2012 and a 22-percent from 2009.

Total Incidents

Total PCSP incidents in 2013 were 48,303, an increase of 14 percent over the 42,214 in 2012; and a whopping increase of 43 percent over the 33,880 incidents in 2009.

There were also 5.023 911 calls in 2013, an increase of 8 percent over the 4,649 in 2012.

 

 

Posted 2/28/2014