Chief GM Cox reports the following to his Police Officers regarding statistics for Murphy crime:
The good news is that Part I crimes fell 4.03% in 2011 from 2010. Part I offenses are those defined by the FBI as murder, robbery, aggravated assault, rape, burglary (business and residential), theft (FBI calls it larceny), motor vehicle theft and arson. These offenses are those considered the most serious by the FBI. All other offenses are classified as Part II crimes and are only counted as arrests. This is the 3rd straight year for the crime rate to go down from a high of 172 Part I offenses in 2008 to a low of 143 in 2011. That is a 16.9% drop in Part I crime in 3 years.
The MPD response times continues to be outstanding at just under a minute average. In 2007, the average response time was just over 2 minutes.
Calls have steadily risen from 15,669 in 2007 to almost 40,000 calls in 2011. This is a 154% increase in the number of calls for service in just over 3 years. Just to clarify, Calls for Service include citizen calls for service and Officer initiated calls – traffic stops, etc.
The number of arrests went up by 33.51% from 2010 to 2011. Since 2007, the number of arrests has steadily risen from 200 in 2007 to 490 in 2011. That is about a 145% increase in the number of people arrested in 2007 to 2011.
The number of offense reports written by Officers has increased about 12% since 2007. The Officers of the MPD wrote 691 offense reports in 2011 up 5.98% from 2010 (652). The number of reports referred to the Criminal Investigation division (CID) has gone up by 40%, but the number of personnel assigned to CID has dropped from 3 to 2.
On the down side, however, is the almost 60% increase in the number of traffic accidents from 246 in 2008 to 392 in 2011. Traffic enforcement activity (traffic stops) has increased by 19% from 2010 to 2011. However, the number of traffic citations issued went up by almost 23%. Since 2007, traffic enforcement activity has increased by about 26%.
Family violence calls have risen 105% since 2007 (19). MPD Officers responded to 39 family violence calls in 2011, up 21.88% from 2010 (32).
Overall, the City enjoys a low crime rate. The two most telling statistics are the number of calls for service and the number of traffic accidents. While the real number of family violence calls is small (total of 39 in 2011), that is a large number in terms of family violence for a city of our size.
Congratulations, to you all for the outstanding jobs you have all done in helping reduce reported crime in Murphy. Overall, you should be very proud of what has been accomplished in 2011 and in particular how things have trended since 2007. Overall, the department is doing a lot more work with the same number of officers, or less, that it had in 2007. It takes a team effort to produce the kinds of results you see above. A couple of areas need attention, such as Family Violence calls and Traffic Accidents. On the whole, however, 2011 was an outstanding year for the MPD. We had an overall drop in Part I crimes with an increase in the number of calls handled.