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January 15, 2013

Local crime up in 2012 according to annual report

GREENVILLE — There were an average of 12 more crimes per month in the city of Greenville during 2012 compared to 2011.

“We had about 145 more offenses in 2012 than in 2011,” said Police Chief Daniel J. Busken concerning the end of year crime statistics report, which revealed an increase of 7.68 percent.

The report indicated there were sharp increases in the numbers of automobile thefts and general property thefts, in contrast to a significant decrease in burglaries last year.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) report filed by the Greenville Police Department revealed there were 2,031 “Part One” crimes — homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and automobile thefts — recorded by the end of 2012, compared to 1,886 total offenses in 2011.

“Our thefts were up a little more than 19 percent,” Busken noted.

There were 144 more thefts — including shopliftings, purse snatchings, as well thefts from coin-operated machines and from vehicles — last year then during 2011.

“And we had a pretty steep increase in automobile thefts,” Busken said. “We had 32 more cases than the year before.”

Busken explained there is an easy solution to reducing the numbers of the thefts.

“People need to secure their belongings,” he said. “I can assure you that some of these thefts are going to be related to the people being careless with their property. That’s just an invitation for their property to be stolen or their vehicle to be stolen.”

There was some positive data included in the report.

“Overall our burglaries were down a little more than 11 percent,” Busken said, adding residential burglaries were down 13.61 percent while business burglaries declined 4.41 percent from last year. “We’re happy about that.”

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