Stats show drop in crime rate in unincorporated Porter County

2013-03-01T20:15:00Z 2013-03-11T17:33:27Z Stats show drop in crime rate in unincorporated Porter CountyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 01, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Crime throughout the unincorporated areas of Porter County was down slightly in 2012 compared to 2011.

Statistics released Friday by the Porter County Sheriff's Department show decreases is most types of crimes.

Also released were the number of 911 calls handled by Porter County dispatches, the number of animals picked up and the number of traffic accidents.

There were two homicides, three rapes and two robberies in 2012. Those numbers were close to the numbers from 2011.

The county saw a 4 percent increase in burglaries, but an 8 percent decrease in thefts between 2011 and 2012.

The number of 911 calls increased by 65 percent from just over 2,800 in 2011 to more that 4,600 in 2012.

There were just five fatal accidents in 2012, the lowest number in at least five years. Sgt. Larry LaFlower said he attributed that to increased traffic patrols and nearly 19,000 traffic stops.

Injury, property damage and hit-and-run accidents were all lower in 2012 than the previous year.

The number of animals picked up and seized by the Porter County Animal Control doubled from 2011 to 2012. The department saw large increases in the number of dogs and cats picked up. Officers also seized 49 guinea pigs, 77 rabbits and one alligator.

 

 

Crime statistics in unincorporated Porter County
CRIME CHANGE '11-'12 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Murder  0.00% 2 2 0 1 1
Rape -25% 3 4 1 2 2
Robbery -33.33% 2 3 5 1 2
Assault -0.51% 194 195 287 237 239
Burglary +4.55% 184 176 127 280 211
Theft -8.22% 659 718 604 737 823
Vehicle theft -20.31% 51 64 44 60 40
TOTAL -5.77% 1095 1162 1068 1318 1318
             
Animals picked up and seized by Porter County animal control
  2011 2012
Alligators (Caymen) 0 1
Birds 0 1
Cats 125 228
Chickens 0 8
Cows 0 1
Dogs 289 474
Ferrets 2 0
Goats 0 2
Guiinea Pigs 0 49
Hamsters 2 0
Horses 8 7
Pot Belly Pigs 0 2
Rabbits 0 77
Snakes 0 3
TOTAL 426 853
Porter County accidents
TYPE OF ACCIDENT 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Fatal 5 8 16 14 17
Personal Injury 334 368 343 383 434
Property Damage 1162 1273 1282 1348 1500
Hit and Run 101 104 97 105 118

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