Crime rate drops 30 percent for first six months

Eight-year lows recorded for burglaries, auto thefts

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 10, 2007 - The first half of this year has been the calmest yet this decade in Sulphur Springs, at leas as far as the seven major crimes categories go.

As of June 30, there had been 109 crimes reported this year to the Sulphur Springs Police Department. That was a drop of 30 percent compared to the first six montsh of 2006, when 156 crimes were reported.

Only two of the seven major Uniform Crime Reporting categories saw increases, and those were violent crimes against people, with one more sexual assault and one more robbery reported so far in 2007 than in 2006.

There were two sexual assaults in the first half of 2007, still below the eight-year high of four set in 2003, and three from 2004.

Three robberies were reported in the first six months of 2007, the same as in 2004, but below the eight-year high of seven set in 2000.

Four the fourth consecutive year, there were no homicides recorded in the first six months of the year in Sulphur Springs.

Meanwhile, there have been fewer assaults, burglaries, theft of items valued at more than $200 and vehicle thefts this year.

To date this year, there have been 29 fewer thefts than the decade record 86 posted in 2006.

The 56 thefts so far is the lowest in six years. The record for this decade is 53, set in 2001.

A new eight-year low was set for burglaries, however. There were only 27 overall, with 18 home break-ins and nine building burglaries. That's 17 fewer overall than last year, when there 26 home burglaries and 16 building burglaries in the first six months. Previously, the record low was 33, with 22 home burglaries and 11 building burglaries, in 2005. The eight-year high for burglaries was 70 in 2004, with 47 home and 23 building burglaries.

The number of motor vehicle thefts fell from 11 to nine, also a new eight-year low. The previous low was 11, set in 2004 and tied in 2006. The eight-year record high of 25 vehicle thefts was set in 2001 and tied in 2003.

During the first six month of 2007, there were 12 assaults other than simple assaults recorded, two fewer than in 2006 and the same as in 2003 and 2004. The record low was 10 set in 2002 and 2005. The record eight-year high of 20 aggravated assaults was set in 2000 and tied in 2001.

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