2015 Crime Statistics Highlight a Continued Decline in Crime for Park Ridge

Release of 2015 Crime Statistics Highlights a Continued Decline in Crime for Park Ridge

This news came as the department announced the crime statistics for 2015. The overall crime rate for Park Ridge was lower this year by almost 11.5% and the lowest in five years. The Index crime rate indicates the prevalence of crime occurring across a given population. It is generally defined as the total number of index crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2015, the crime rate in Park Ridge was 1083.2. As a comparison, based on the latest publication of Crime in Illinois 2014, the crime rate for the State of Illinois was 2393.2 and 3095.7 for the County of Cook.  Park Ridge has experienced a 20.1% decrease in the crime rate since 2011.

In 2015, both Property Crime and Violent Crime Offenses were the lowest they have been in 5 years, including decreases in both Burglaries and Thefts, which account for the majority of Index Crime Offenses:

  • Violent Crime Offenses include Criminal Homicide, Forcible Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault/Battery (including attempts).  Violent crime offenses, or Crimes against Persons, accounted for 1.5% of the crime index total in 2015.

 

  • Violent Crime Offenses have also shown a downward trend with a 50.0% decrease since 2014 and a 73.9% decrease since 2011. Criminal Homicide and Forcible Rape continue to account for the smallest percentage of the overall violent crimes against persons crime index offense total, with zero counts of either category in 2015.

 

  • The Robbery Crime Index Offense Rate remained static in 2015 from 2014, but has decreased by 42.8% in the last five years, and remains at the lowest it has been in five years.

 

  • The Crime Index Offense Rate for Aggravated Battery/Assault crimes decreased by 71.7% in 2015 from 2014, and has decreased by 85.8% as compared to five years ago, and is the lowest it has been in five years.

 

  • Property Crime Offenses include Burglary, Theft (including Burglary from a Motor Vehicle), Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson.  Property Crime Offenses, or Crimes against Property, accounted for 98.5% of the crime index total in 2015.

 

  • Property Crime Offenses have shown a downward trend with an 11.5% decrease since 2014 and a 17.5% decrease since 2011.   Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson continue to account for the smallest percentage of the overall crimes against property crime index offense total.

 

  • The Burglary Crime Index Offense Rate has decreased by 3.8% in 2015 from 2014.  It is 45.7% lower than it was in 2011, and is the lowest it has been in five years.

 

  • The Theft Crime Index Offense Rate has decreased by 14% in 2015 from 2014, and has decreased by 6.5% since 2011.  It is also the lowest it has been in five years.

 

  • The Motor Vehicle Theft Crime Index Offense Rate has remained the same as it was in 2014, and although it is 16.9% higher than in 2011, it has declined since 2012.

 

  • The Arson Crime Index Offense Rate has increased 196.3% in 2015 since 2014 (an increase of 2 arsons). The five year comparison shows the same number of arsons in 2015 as in 2013 and in 2011.

 

“I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Park Ridge Police Department for their dedication and service,” remarked Chief Frank Kaminski. “To see crime rates going down, steadily, year after year since 2011 is a sign that we are making sustained progress,” he added. One of the notable areas of improvement is burglaries. The Burglary Crime Index Offense Rate is the lowest it has been in five years and is 45.7% lower than it was in 2011. “This is a trend we like to see,” stated Chief Kaminski. “Our officers know the emotional and financial impact burglaries can have on victims so it is rewarding to see that we are making an appreciable difference in this area.”  Chief Kaminski identified the department’s enhanced collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and the participation in regional task forces as key factors in the decrease.

The Theft Crime Index Offense Rate had increased slightly in 2014 but  it has decreased by 14% over last year. “The theft rate has been fairly stable throughout the years,” stated Chief Kaminski. He added, “This is, in large part, due to burglaries to unlocked vehicles. It was encouraging to see it decrease significantly and we are hopeful that folks are taking our warning and locking their vehicles.”

The Park Ridge Police Department remains committed to improving the safety and well being of all who live in or visit our community. “This information really affirms what the department is doing. It shows that a lot of our programs, including our P.A.C.T. (Police and Community Together), Beat Team Leader and our community policing philosophy have moved us forward,” Chief Kaminski stated. “It also demonstrates, loud and clear, that our partnership with the community is making it a safer place to live, work and raise a family. We all have a role in creating a safe Park Ridge.”

We look forward to working together with our residents in 2016 in an effort to further impact crime and safety issues in Park Ridge. The department will continue to make that partnership a priority as the year progresses.



 
 
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