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.
ìItís sad to say, but weíre averaging almost an accident a day,î 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 townís 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.
ìA lot of it is complacency,î Wenzel said. ìBut we are trying to get the word out and remind people to lock their vehicles.î
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.
ìI think weíre doing well and I believe weíll continue to do so,î he said.