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Violent Crime in EC Down 18%, Lowest Total Since 2003

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East Chicago PD
Chief Mark J. Becker today released the following information;
A review of the crime statistics submitted to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program for the period of January through June, 2013 is attached to this release.
Also released at this time are similar statistics for the first 6 months of 2003-2012.
The East Chicago Police Department submits monthly crime statistics to the FBI for inclusion in their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Among some of the information that is shared with the FBI, is data on 4 violent crimes, criminal homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The program also collects data on 3 property crime offenses which include, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle crime. Finally, some departments, to include the East Chicago Police Department, provide data on the number of reported arsons.
A review of the attached table will find reported offense totals for the City of East Chicago, for January through June of 2013, as well as data from previous years for the same period of time.
Of note is that 2013 data compared for the same time last year reflects the following:
  • Violent Crime in East Chicago is down 18% ( 94 total violent crimes is the lowest since 2003. Data prior to that time is not available)
  • Property Crime is up (3%)
  • All Crime (Violent + Property) is up 1%
(Due to the volume of property crime offenses reported, all crime rose by 1%)
Unfortunately there were 7 criminal homicides in 2013. The department continues to partner with other federal, state and local agencies so as to address such issues.
We are committed to an aggressive community outreach program, we cannot fight this battle alone. Neighborhood walks, the implementation of a Citizen’s Academy and regular attendance at public gatherings are but a few of the community based efforts that the department has undertaken.
The establishment of The STOP Team and partnering with Indiana University Northwest (IUN) are some of the initiatives that have also contributed to the reduction in crime. IUN in general and particularly Dr. Joseph Ferrandino, is to be commended for their assistance in the form of crime mapping and related analysis. The identification of problematic areas and suggestions as to how to maximize our resources has proved to be of invaluable assistance.
The implementation of The STOP team on April 12th has also proved very effective.
In 2 ½ short months, the team has logged over 550 traffic stops, executed a total of 112 arrests and they continue to aggressively pursue gang and drug related issues.
Studies clearly support the direct correlation of increased traffic enforcement in regards to reducing crime. In 2012 the department recorded 3,717 traffic stops versus the first 6 months of 2013 in which they have already tallied a total 4,209 stops. Increased police presence has played a significant role in the reduction of violent crime.

Our partnerships with Federal Task Forces, implementation of The STOP Team, increased activity by our patrol officers, and the continued dedication by our detectives, crime scene personnel, gang/narcotic officers, a very professional support staff and community support have combined to reduce crime in East Chicago.
Source FBI UCR submissions by the East Chicago Police Department




2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Criminal Homicide
11
5
8
6
8
7
7
7
3
0
7
Rape
7
3
10
4
5
5
11
7
8
4
7
Robbery
54
55
49
60
53
74
59
54
56
37
44
Aggravated Assault
297
365
324
43
31
63
46
48
42
73
36
Violent Crime Total
369
428
391
113
97
149
123
116
109
114
94
Burglary
207
194
213
221
170
190
159
272
223
241
173
Larceny Theft
608
656
587
670
677
581
514
547
549
491
562
Motor Vehicle Theft
209
225
185
180
169
85
81
107
113
100
124
Property Crime Total
1,024
1,075
985
1,071
1,016
856
754
926
885
831
859
All Crime Total
1,393
1,503
1,376
1,184
1,113
1,005
877
1,042
994
945
953
Arson(Not Included in UCR)
15
3
8
6
8
4
4
8
2
1
1


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