Release of 2016 Crime Statistics Highlights a Continued Decline in Overall Crime for Park Ridge
This news came as the department announced the crime statistics for 2016. The overall crime rate for Park Ridge was lower this year, as compared to last, by almost 3.9%. 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. As a comparison, based on the most recent publication of Crime in Illinois (2015), the crime rate for the State of Illinois last year was 2300.2, 2927.8 for Cook County and 1083.2 for Park Ridge. In 2016, the crime rate in Park Ridge decreased to 1040.6. Park Ridge has experienced a 19.8% decrease in the crime rate since 2012.
In 2016, Property 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 3.1% of the crime index total in 2016.
• Violent Crime Offenses have shown an upward trend with a 100.0% increase since 2015 yet a 45.5% decrease since 2012. Criminal Homicide and Forcible Rape continue to account for the smallest percentage of the overall violent crimes against persons crime index offense total.
• The Robbery Crime Index Offense Rate increased significantly in 2016 by 99.1% up to 8 incidents from 4 in 2015. 5 of the 8 robberies occurred at retail establishments. Of the total robberies in 2016, there was a 50% clearance rate. Despite the increase in 2016, the Robbery Crime Index Offense Rate is 33.4% lower than it was five years ago.
• The Crime Index Offense Rate for Aggravated Battery/Assault crimes increased by 51% in 2016 but has decreased by 66.7% as compared to five years ago, and is the second 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 96.9% of the crime index total in 2016.
• Property Crime Offenses have shown a downward trend with an 5.5% decrease since 2015 and a 18.5% decrease since 2012. 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 11.8% in 2016 from 2015. It is 43.7% lower than it was in 2012, and is the lowest it has been in five years.
• The Theft Crime Index Offense Rate has decreased by 6.4% in 2016 from 2015, and has decreased by 10.1% since 2012. It is also the lowest it has been in five years.
• The Motor Vehicle Theft Crime Index Offense Rate has increased 100% in 2016 and is the highest it has been in five years. It should be noted that 5 of the 15 motor vehicle thefts in 2016 were committed by the same, juvenile offender.
• The Arson Crime Index Offense Rate remained the same in 2016.
“I am proud of the men and women of the Park Ridge Police Department for their dedication and service” remarked Chief Frank Kaminski. “To see the overall crime rate going down, steadily, year after year since 2012 is a sign that we are making sustained progress”, he added. Chief Kaminski identified the department’s partnership with the community as a key factor in the decrease.
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 initiatives, including our P.A.C.T. (Police and Community Together) program, Beat Team Leader program and our community policing philosophy have moved us forward” Chief Kaminski stated. Even though the community is seeing a decrease in crime, it is important that we do not become complacent. Residents should always make sure they lock their car doors, close their garages and remain vigilant as they go about their day. “We look forward to working together with our residents in 2017 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.