The Danville Police Department annual report for 2011 has been released. Police Chief Steve Simpkins presented the report to the Danville Town Council last week.
Though Simpkins said one incident of any type is one too many, it was a mostly positive presentation.
Most crime statistics are trending down, including violent crimes and property crimes, which Simpkins had highlighted.
"We're proud to report we had a decrease in property crimes. This is at a low, lowest since 2006," Simpkins said. "We made a pretty good dent in getting the bad guys out of town. But we still could use residents help to lock their cars and not keeping things (visibly) in their cars."
Simpkins said prevention is key in lowering this number.
"Education and prevention is making an impact," Simpkins told council. "The message here is locking (car doors) is making a difference but also don't keep things in plain view."
Burglaries, however, have gone up from 91 in 2010 to 102 in 2011, after three years of decline.
Arson was omitted for space but there were three in 2011, and three in 2010.
Homicide was also omitted for space. Danville hasn't had a homicide in 2011 or 2010. There was on in 2009, 2007 and 2006.
Simpkins also highlighted the department's investigation unit, lead by Sgt. Allan Shields. Investigators handled 677 cases in 2011. This was a 23 percent increase from 550 cases in 2010.
These cases include burglary, robbery, assault, fraud, missing persons, among many others.
Despite the increase in cases, Simpkins said, the unit was able to close 341 of the 677, or a little more than 50 percent.
"Our message to the bad guys is not in our town," Simpkins said.
Traffic collisions up 21.8 percent
The report showed an increase in traffic collisions in Danville. Incidents increase from 183 to 223, or 21.8 percent, from 2010 to 2011. Simpkins said the department would be taking a targeted approach with these collisions moving forward. He told council the department would analyze these incidents for trends in factors and then deploy officers toward those factors.
Types of Collisions
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Vehicle vs. Bicycle
No shortage of calls, a lot of false alarms
The department handled 29,900 calls in 2011. These calls aren't all or are criminal in nature and divided into three categories.
- Priority one is an emergency call (armed robberies, burglary in progress, etc). The average response time for these calls was 5:42.
- Priority two is an urgent call (disturbance or non-injury traffic collisions). The average response time was 6:37.
- Priority three is for non-urgent calls involving incidents with no suspects (vandalism that happened the day before). Most of these calls are handled over the telephone.
Here is a breakdown of the top 10 calls for service in 2011:
Types of Calls
No. of Calls
Suspicious Vehicle Stops
Suspicion Person Stops
Simpkins said false alarms continue to be the bulk of the department's calls. In September of last year a to help curb these calls. The new ordinance went into affect early this year. The department is still assessing the data on its early affect.
All data from Danville Police Department 2011 Annual Report.
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