Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Clinton crime drops

The city of Clinton issued the following press release:

Crime statistics for Clinton continue to drop

Crime statistics for Clinton continue to show significant improvement over the previous year’s reports. Comparing July 2012 – April 2013 to July 2013 – April 2014, burglaries and larcenies decreased by 28% (from 500 to 363).
While fewer crimes were reported to the Clinton Police Department for the compared periods, shoplifting arrests increased by 74% (from 56 in July 2012 - April 2013 to 212 in the July 2013 - April 2014). Shoplifting accounts for over 20% of the total arrests in Clinton. Better surveillance and patrolling in retail stores, has allowed Clinton Police, in conjunction with loss prevention personnel from the retail stores, to arrest more shoplifters, thus preventing loss of product and higher prices for the consumer.

Of particular interest, as crime rates drop, arrests and additional charges have shown an increase of 34%. From July 2012- April 2013 police made 417 arrests totaling 632 charges of which 56 were shoplifting. From July 2013 – April 2014 Clinton Police made 633 arrests totaling 962 charges of which 212 were shoplifting.

“While the total numbers of crimes are down, the numbers of arrests are actually up by 216,” Chief Mike Warren stated. “This shows that the community policing efforts continue to show positive returns. This is not a coincidence. More criminals off the street means less crime.”

Warren noted that over the past nine months the Clinton Police Department has steadily added new officers to fill some vacated positions and to fill the five new positions that were added to this year’s budget. Once those positions are filled, we will have realized a 20 % increase in sworn police officers from this same time last year. By increasing officer patrols and moving police beats into strategic locations throughout the city, the police have shortened their response times and created a more visible presence. “Growing the department by a total of 10 new officers over the next two budgets (FY2015 and FY2016) will greatly enhance our efforts,” continued Warren.

Warren also noted that officer initiated arrests continue to rise. Arrests for warrants and suspended licenses show significant increases as well. Many arrests result from traffic stops and enhanced patrols where the stop results in warrants, outstanding tickets and possession of illegal substances. Officer initiated arrests prevent crime by taking potential criminals off the street.

Clinton Police continue to make efforts to prevent crime from even happening. New software that we are working to implement right now will allow officers to complete reports and submit information in real time without having to leave their patrol cars. Officers will also be able to make tag, driver license and warrant inquiries from the cars. Stricter sentencing guidelines will work to keep repeat offenders off the streets and provide a more punitive sentence both financially and by incarceration.

“Making Clinton safer is a priority of this administration. We hope these higher arrest records send a loud and clear message to criminals. That message is simple, we don’t want you here and if you come to Clinton and do wrong, we will catch you and make your stay in our city very uncomfortable,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher.

With summer vacation and recreation season comes a historical uptick in residential burglaries and malicious mischief. Residents play an important role in preventing and reporting crime.

Whether traveling or staying in town, residents are advised to always take safety precautions. Lock doors and close garages when leaving the house. Securely store valuables such as electronics, computers, and yard equipment. Lock cars and make sure purses, wallets, cell phones and other valuables are not left in plain sight.

Always be aware of your surroundings; when possible avoid unfamiliar or potentially unsafe situations; don’t leave valuables outside where they can easily be stolen; and never hesitate to call 911 if you observe anything suspicious. Residents are the eyes of their neighborhood, you live in your neighborhood and your awareness can prevent and catch criminals.

Another line of defense is to register your house for the Police Departments House watch program as you travel this summer. Officers will make a visit to your house to ensure your property has an extra layer of protection while you are away. To register for the house watch service please visit https://www.clintonms.org/departments/police/house-watch/


Anonymous said...

I imagine the barricade from Jackson they constructed may have helped as well.


Anonymous said...

Good things happen when you have actual bonafide proven leadership.

Only downside is that Smith will let them plea down to a slap on the hand.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what percentage of crimes in Clinton (or Ridgeland, Madison, Flowood, Brandon, Pearl, Richland, and so forth) are committed by residents of Jackson? That would be an interesting study indeed...

Anonymous said...

12:43 PM, where do they run when they flee? Back to Jackson.

Anonymous said...

1:14- absolutely right!

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