GRIFFITH | The Town Council was told Tuesday the dramatic decrease in crime last year was not just a coincidence.
Police Chief Greg Mance, who reported the decrease earlier this month, said a question was asked whether this was simply a recovery from one bad year.
Mance noted that 12 people died from violence in Griffith from 2007 to 2011 with one attempted murder in 2012.
"This is (in) contrast to last year in which no murders were recorded," Mance said.
In an earlier stretch of time, there was one death due to violence in 2004 and one in 2008.
Last year's violent crime, compared to the three prior years, was reduced by 26 percent, Mance said.
"The statistics from 2013 show that we not only recovered from a bad year, but have stopped an apparent trend."
Mance also said his officers will give verbal warnings to residents who blow their snow into the streets after they have been plowed.
Residents also should move their cars off the streets when snowfall exceeds two inches.
Those failing to comply will be subject to being ticketed or their cars could be towed, Mance said.