Release of 2013 Crime Statistics Demonstrate an Increasingly Safer Park Ridge
This news came as the department announced the crime statistics for 2013. Overall crime activity (which includes Part 1 and Part 2 crimes) for Park Ridge continued to decline, this year by 5.11%. In 2012, overall crime activity declined 16.63% and the city’s overall crime activity has declined 20.89% during the past two years.
The City experienced no homicides in 2013, robberies decreased by 50%, aggravated battery/assaults decreased by 11.11%, burglaries went down by 16.81%, motor vehicle thefts decreased by 23.08% and arsons decreased by 40%. This means that Part 1 crimes were down in all categories with the exception of theft which increased by 10.4%. Even with the significant decreases in the majority of Part 1 crimes, the increase in thefts resulted in the overall index crime rate (the total number of index or Part 1crimes per 100,000 inhabitants) increasing by less than ½ percent, 1296.7 to 1302.0. What is important to note is that while these crime rate indexes essentially remained the same, officers were successful in making significantly more arrests for these offenses in 2013 and saw a 34.21% increase in apprehensions. It is also noteworthy that Part 1 crime offenses are 15.3% lower than they were in 2009.
Part 2 crimes, include property crimes and less serious violent crimes. The department did an excellent job in addressing these crimes in 2013. For example, incidents of simple assault/battery were down 12.5%, domestic batteries were down 23.66%, criminal damage to property was down 52.02% and criminal damage to vehicles were down 31.73%. "These are areas where we typically have seen increases and the areas that most people are affected by," said Chief Frank Kaminski. "This year, we asked our officers to pay special attention to these areas and to stay on top of them. The results show they did an excellent job."
"I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Park Ridge Police Department for their dedication and service" remarked Chief Frank Kaminski. One of the notable areas of improvement is burglaries. The report shows that there was a 16.81% decrease in burglaries in 2013 as well as a 14.49% decrease in burglaries in 2012. "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". The department made special efforts towards preventing and solving burglaries in 2013. During the year, we enhanced our educational efforts with programs such as "Keepin it Real". This program was conducted jointly with the Chicago Police Department and allowed Park Ridge residents to hear directly from convicted burglars and to have the opportunity to ask them how to decrease their chances of becoming a target. In 2013,the department also joined the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) whose sole purpose is to identify, investigate and track known burglars.
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 Leaders 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 and we must work together."