Criminal Justice

Report: East Chicago Crime Drops in 2014

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April 15, 2014 — A new report from East Chicago Police shows crime rate is dropping — with some officials pointing to the lowest total crime rates in nearly two decades.

Today, law enforcement in East Chicago released statistics which show the crime rate in the first three months of 2014 is down by one third compared to the same time last year. The total number of crimes reported to the FBI in the first quarter of 2014 compared to that of 2013 reflects a reduction in overall crime (violent and property) of 33 percent, the statement says.

East Chicago Chief of Police Mark Becker says his officers targeted traffic violations as a tactic to lower total crime.

“We went from 3717 traffic stops in 2012 to 10, 600 traffic stops in 2013,” he says. “Basically, making it very difficult — not just to break traffic laws — but very difficult if you’re going to come into our city and break other laws. We’re going to make it a little harder for you to come in and do that.”

Becker also attributes the rate drop in part to community outreach programs and increased police presence with the Region STOP Team.

“People are afraid of retaliation,” he says, “but the community has to partner with us and feel safe in doing so.”

The report shows the total of both violent crime and property crime occurrences submitted to the FBI for inclusion in their Uniform Crime Reporting. In 2013, total crime reported to the FBI was the lowest in at least 18 years and now, the department is reporting yet a further decline in overall crime.

By: Hilary Powell

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