Danville Express

Newsfront - July 27, 2007

Crime report shows decrease in accidents, rise in burglaries

Police will implement DUI enforcement in September

by Geoff Gillette

The Danville Town Council credited the police department for reducing traffic accidents in the area this year.

Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel gave a status report on the police department to the Council at its July 17 meeting. But even with the accident reduction, the town has seen 122 accidents in the first six months of 2007.

Its sad to say, but were averaging almost an accident a day, Wenzel said.

He said his officers are continuing to take an aggressive stance in enforcing traffic violations to bring those numbers down, but other factors are also helping with the decrease. Wenzel pointed to the towns Street Smarts Program, which informs students in elementary, middle and high schools about the importance of traffic safety.

Danville will also be taking part in a wide-scale DUI enforcement campaign. Starting in September, the town will host the DUI effort, which will involve 19 area agencies.

In areas of violent crime, most of the statistics provided by Wenzel show a reduction. Property-related crimes, however, are showing a continuing upward trend. Wenzel pointed to a 200 percent spike in car thefts.

A lot of it is complacency, Wenzel said. But we are trying to get the word out and remind people to lock their vehicles.

He noted that the increase in property crimes is not limited to Danville but is a countywide issue. Bicycle thefts continue to be a problem, as well as theft from unlocked automobiles.

Police will continue to get information to residents and business owners to increase their security.

Overall, the first six months of 2007 have shown some positive trends and exposed some areas in need of further attention, Wenzel said.

I think were doing well and I believe well continue to do so, he said.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields