The Police Department saw an increase in certain types of crime over the past year, as Police Chief Richard Wells looked back at crime statistics from 2013.
Wells is currently preparing a presentation on crime statistics for a meeting with town officials, something he does each year.
While there were fewer cases of violent crime in town such as assault and battery over the past year (65 in 2012, 40 in 2013), the number of car break-ins nearly tripled. In 2012, there were 69 car break-ins. In 2013, that number jumped to 192.
“That was the biggest spike we have seen in five years,” said Wells, adding that it is a crime mostly seen in warm weather months. Between June and August alone this past year, there were 60 car break-ins. Similarly, there was an increase in auto thefts, with seven in 2012, and 13 in 2013.
Wells said it is a crime happening all over the region, as criminals look for easy targets, hitting unlocked cars to find loose change or high-tech items. “No matter how much we tell people to lock their cars, and bring personal items inside, people are still leaving cars unlocked,” Wells said.
Also seeing an increase was the number of home break-ins. There were 69 breaking-and-entering cases in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2013 there were 98.
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