Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 28, 2014

Crime stats trending down

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A review of crime statistics released Tuesday by the Corsicana Police Department shows most serious crimes in the city declined in 2013.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said that “Part 1 offenses” — a term used for uniform crime reports and including such crimes as murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and burglaries — were down 7.33 percent in 2013 over figures for 2012.

The year 2013 found 1,365 such crimes reported to Corsicana Police, down from 1,473 in 2012.

Most categories of series crimes went down, although residential burglaries did see an increase of 11 percent in the last year, with 211 reports compared to 190 reported in 2012.

“Almost all of them are daytime burglaries committed when people are at work or are gone from the home,” Bratton explained. “That’s an area we need to improve on this year.”

Burglaries of businesses were down 36 percent for the year, Bratton said, down from 157 in 2012 to 100 in 2013.

In crimes against persons, reports of sexual assault were down from 41 in 2012 to 26 in 2013. Family violence complaints were down from 403 in 2012 to 358 in 2013. Simple assault complaints were also down over 16 percent, falling from 627 reported in 2012 to 526 in 2013.

Bratton also pointed to a decline in traffic accidents — falling to a 10-year low for total, injury, and non-injury accidents. Non-injury accidents were down from 556 to 500, and injury accidents down from 153 to 138. Officers issued 4,094 citations and documented 4,743 verbal warnings during 2013, down from year ago figures of 4,194 written citations and 5,341 verbal warnings.

Bratton said the department focused its traffic enforcement efforts trying to prevent violations that many times lead to accidents.

The year 2013 found an 8.53 percent drop in calls for service received, down from 28,902 calls in 2012 to 26,438 in 2013. Calls to 9-1-1 were also down over 6 percent for the year.

Police officers made 1,312 arrests in 2013 — down 7.34 percent from the 1,416 arrests made in 2012.

Bratton said he believes the department’s efforts working with the community are in part responsible for the drop in many of the categories, and credits the day-to-day efforts of his officers patrolling the city and investigating crimes.

He said the detective division closed several cases in the year by “repeat” criminals, helping clear up multiple crime investigations.

“A small amount of suspects commit the majority of crimes,” Bratton said.

Total cases referred to detectives were down for the year, due in part, Bratton said, to the drop in total crimes and to efforts of officers who initially responded to calls doing a better job of documenting and follow-up on cases. Fewer cases were closed by detectives in 2013 than in 2012 — 590 in 2013 compared to 789 in 2012. Bratton said that’s due in part to cases being worked longer by detectives in an effort to solve the crimes, although he’s doing more research on that number.

     —————

Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com