South Holland could experience record-low crime rate for 2013

2013-12-17T20:30:00Z 2013-12-17T23:13:20Z South Holland could experience record-low crime rate for 2013Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 17, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | Unless there is a sudden outburst of crime in the year’s final two weeks, Village President Don De Graff said he expects 2013 to go into the history books as a year of record-low crime rates for his municipality.

“These are remarkable statistics,” De Graff said. “After 11 1/2 months, this is by far our lowest number of crimes in the village.”

He referred to the Crime Index compiled by the Illinois State Police for every municipality, which shows fewer crimes overall for South Holland.

Police Chief Greg Baker said the Crime Index keeps track of 10 types of crimes and the numbers of incidents of each type of crime. Typically, Baker said South Holland’s Crime Index is somewhere in the range of 500 to 600 incidents.

But thus far, Baker said the village has a chance to have a final Crime Index of below 500 this year.

Although Baker would not predict what would happen during the final two weeks of 2013.

“We still have half a month to go,” the chief said. “But we’ve already experienced quite a big difference.”

The police chief said the number of incidents is down in just about all categories of crime, with the number of burglaries taking place in South Holland showing a significant drop during 2013.

“Burglaries are way, way down this year,” he said.

Whether this drop is just a statistical blip or the beginning of a trend that will carry over into future years has yet to be seen.

“That’s always our goal,” said Baker, of a declining South Holland crime rate.

Baker said he expects to find out the final total for 2013 sometime around mid-January.

“We’re hoping to see a figure we can be proud of,” he said.

DeGraff said he thinks changes made within the Police Department in recent years to “monitor and realign” the police are responsible for a reduction in the number of crimes taking place in South Holland.

“We have a few weeks to go, but we’re ahead of our pace, and that’s good,” he said.

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