There were 41 more crimes recorded by Sulphur Springs Police Department during the first half of 2013 than in the first six months of 2012, when only 81 crimes were recorded. In fact, the 122 crimes reported in the first half of 2013 marks the first time in the last three years that more than 100 crimes were reported through June 30.
The 30 percent rise in crime may seem like a large jump, but that’s because the two previous years each set new records for fewest number of crimes reported during the first half of the year, according to the numbers reported by the SSPD and tracked by the News-Telegram since 2000. In fact 2011 and 2012 were the only years during that time period that the overall count fell below 100. Before then, the low was set at 108 in 2009.
This year’s 122 crimes through June 30 is still far less than the record 181 posted in 2004, and the 173 of 2000 and 2003.
The 2013 mark matches the 2005 rate at 122 crimes committed in the first six months of the year, which at that time was a record low.
Three of the seven major crime reporting categories rose dramatically, while another category was cut to a third of last year’s numbers. The three remaining categories were unchanged — no homicides were recorded in either year, only two robberies in each, and six vehicle thefts in both 2012 and 2013.
There were only four aggravated assaults reported from Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, 11 fewer than in 2012. In fact, the first half of last year only missed the 10-year record high of 17 aggravated assaults by two offenses. That means 2013 set a new 14-year record low for aggravated assaults reported in the first six months of the year, two fewer than the record six set in 2009.
The two categories that skyrocketed in numbers during the first six months of 2013 compared to 2012 were sexual assaults and thefts.
While no sexual assaults were reported to SSPD in the first half of 2012, there was an even dozen during the first six months of 2013, more than twice the record high of five set in 2008. Since 2005, there has only been one other year in which there were more than two sexual assaults recorded during the first six months of the year — 2008.
Thefts reported to SSPD in the first half of 2013 were nearly double that of 2012. Overall, there were 62 thefts of items valued at more than $200 this year, 30 more than in 2012 — the fewest recorded during the first half of the year since 2000. That’s still 20 fewer than in 2006, when a record 86 thefts were recorded.
There were also 10 more burglaries in 2013 than the 26 recorded from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2012.
There were more than twice as many home burglaries, 31 this year versus 15 last year — the record low for home burglaries. The 2013 habitation burglary rate of 36 was the second highest posted since the police department began tracking home and building burglaries separately in 2004. The record high for home burglaries was 47 in 2004, when 70 burglaries overall were recorded by SSPD for the first half of the year.
However, building burglaries were cut in half from 11 in 2012 to only five ins 2013. In fact, that’s the fewest number of building burglaries SSPD began tracking home and building burglaries separately. Previously, the record low for building burglaries was nine in 2009. The building burglary record, also set in 2004, was 23.
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