Crime takes a nosedive
Police study finds almost all areas of crime, arrests continuing to decline in Storm Lake, but officers stay busy.
By DANA LARSEN
Crime declined in Storm Lake for the third consecutive year in 2000, according to the annual statistical report released by the Storm Lake Police Department Monday. Burglary, assaults, vandalism, child abuse and other key areas all saw sizeable drops from the preceding year.
"The city experienced a decrease or identical numbers in almost every category of property crimes and crimes against persons with the exception of two," Chief Mark Prosser reported. Those exceptions - domestic disturbances and harassment reports - saw slight increases from the previous year.
The Uniform Crime statistics, monitoring seven areas of major crime, show a considerable decrease, down a total of 126 incidents from 1999 to 2000. The city saw the lowest crime levels in those major areas in a decade.
While calls for service increased slightly to 41,307 for 2000, arrest rates fell as sharply as the crime reports did - from 5,697 in 1999 to 4,080 in 2000 (traffic and criminal total.) One exception was the continued rise in juvenile arrests, up from 255 to 289.
Read the rest of this article in the 2/06 Pilot Tribune.