Cleveland crime decreases in 2012
by Denise Strub
Jan 09, 2013 | 1392 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham presented his quarterly and end of the year crime report to the board of aldermen at Tuesday’s meeting.

"The end of year stats are surprisingly good for us," said Bingham.

"These are the numbers we report to the FBI and you can see all the major categories are down expect for one and it's up just slightly.

"I will point out that our burglaries and auto burglaries are down significantly.

"We finally got one person who was doing a major portion of the auto burglaries locked up and he continues to stay locked up this time and that's what's helping us out," said Bingham.

In 2012, the Cleveland Police Department received 21,606 calls for service and officers made a total of 1,757 arrests last year with 81 of those being felony arrests.

Of the six categories for crimes, Cleveland saw decreases in all but one in 2012 compared to the previous year.

The increase occurred in robberies with four more in 2012 than the 16 in 2011.

Other category figures were: Aggravated Assault, 12 in 2012 which was down from 17 in 2011; Burglary, 127 in 2012, which was down from 169 in 2011; Auto Burglary, 125 in 2012, down from 191 in 2011; and Rape, two in 2012, down from five in 2011.

There were no murders in 2012 compared to three the previous years.

Bingham reported that in 2012, the municipal court collected $446,968.60 of the assessed fines, which totaled $496,073.81.

Of the amount collected, the state received $237,695.45 and $232,230.88 was deposited in the city general fund.

The fourth quarter report for October through December showed 4,983 service calls, which was an from the same time in 2011.

There were 4,325 service calls in the 2011 fourth quarter.

In other police matters, the board approved advertisements for two positions at the department, one for a dispatcher and one for a maintenance person.

"We've been without a maintenance person for about two months and a dispatcher for about a month and a half," said Bingham.

Board members discussed that although the city is under a hiring freeze, open positions that were budget for would be filled, including the one for a city clerk.

In addition, city employees are being reminded that Cleveland is a smoke-free zone, which means smoking in city buildings, as well as city vehicles, is prohibited.