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'Slight increase' in violent crimes in 2013, police say

Property crimes up 14 percent from 2012, report shows

Posted: February 10, 2014 - 12:50pm

The Conway Police Department saw a slight rise in violent crimes in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to a recently released crime report.

In all, police worked 226 violent crimes in 2013, compared to 218 in 2012.

Conway police worked one murder case in 2013, the first since 2011 when three occurred. Reported rapes were down four from 27 in 2012, according to department totals.

There was also a significant drop, 36 percent, in robberies. The 51 reported incidents were down from 80 in 2012, and the lowest since 48 were reported in 2010.

Reported aggravated assaults saw a sharp rise, 36 percent, over totals in 2012. In 2013, 151 incidents were reported to police, compared to 111 in 2012.

Property crimes saw a substantial rise in 2013 compared to totals a year earlier.

Overall, there were 375 more property crimes reported in 2013 than the previous year, which resulted in a 14 percent increase. According to department numbers, there were 2,721 property crimes reported in 2013, compared to 2,346 in 2012.

While there was an overall increase, burglaries were the lowest, 371, since 2006 when 393 were reported to officers. Compared to 2012, there was a six percent decrease, police said.

Reported thefts in 2013 were the second-highest total since 2006. The 2,242 thefts reported to police in 2013 trailed only 2008 when 2,399 were reported. There was a 21 percent increase compared to 2012.

Motor vehicle thefts in 2013, which totaled 102, were also on the rise compared to the previous year, 94. However, the number of vehicle thefts was the sixth-lowest since 2006.

The Conway Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team responded 28 times in 2013 to various incidents, including narcotics search warrants and barricaded suspects.

In all, 5,011 adult arrests and 358 juvenile arrests were made in 2013, which was a 5.3 percent increase from 2012. Investigators worked 2,159 cases in 2013, which was up 3.9 percent from their caseload in 2012.

Police reported the narcotics division opened 526 cases, up 21 percent from 2012, served 67 search warrants, seized one meth lab and seized more than $2.4 million worth of illegal drugs. The illegal drugs seizure was up 417 percent from 2012, police said.

According to the department’s records section, 11,087 incident reports, 3,277 collision reports, 6,361 citations and 6,765 warnings were processed in 2013. The Conway Emergency Operations center received 63,380 calls, 174 daily, in 2013, up one percent from 2012. There were 34,250 calls made to 911, which averaged out to 94 calls a day.

The Animal Welfare Unit reported a total intake of 1,957 animals in 2013, compared to 1,954 in 2012. Of the animals taken in, 803 were adopted or rescued, compared to 754 in 2012. There was an 11 percent decline in dog and cat licenses issued in 2013, which was down to 3,146 from 3,382 in 2012.

According to department reports, 42 percent, or 822 of the animals brought into the unit, were euthanized in 2013, compared to 44 percent, or 860 animals, in 2012.

The Animal Welfare Unit issued 1,272 citations and responded to 3,402 calls of service in 2013.

Other year-end numbers:

•554 pounds of prescription drugs taken in for disposal as part of Drug Take Back program

•2,306 warrants served

•Eight Chevrolet Tahoes, with CNG conversion kits, purchased for patrol fleet

•Six Dodge Avengers purchased for administration and criminal investigation division

•Three new neighborhood watch programs established

•17 police pursuits reported

•3,275 accidents worked

•910 no seat belt citations issued, up 11 percent from 2012

•68 no child restraint citations issued, down 19 percent from 2012

•K9 unit utilized 97 times resulting in $126,280 worth of seized drugs

•152 tips received from Text A Tip program

•4 percent officer turnover rate, lowest since 2009

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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