MIDDLETOWN CRIME CONTINUES TO DROP WHILE POLICE PRODUCTIVITY INCREASES
September 4, 2009
Crime in the City of Middletown continues to fall with violent crime down 19% in figures released through August 31. Last year through August 31 there were 121 violent crimes including four murders while this year there were 98 violent crimes and no murders. In addition Rapes, Robberies and Assaults are all down from last year. Commercial Burglaries are down 14%, home burglaries are down 10% and motor vehicles thefts are down 48%.
The department continues to emphasize quality of life arrests by directing patrols to areas that have shown the need for enhanced enforcement. While crime falls, productivity continues to increase. The City of Middletown Police Department has had a 13% increase in the number of arrests through August 31. In addition the department has shown a 34% increase in traffic tickets issued. The department has issued 4670 traffic tickets so far this year.
The increase in arrests over last year continues a positive trend. The increase this year is on top of a 30% increase in arrests last year over 2007. These arrest numbers reflect the highest totals in Middletown since the 1980’s and the numbers of traffic tickets issued reflects the highest totals ever.
“The community policing efforts made by patrol are helping to drive crime numbers down and make our community safer”, said Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne. “Our officers have increased arrests by 13% over last year. In addition, our field intelligence and crime analysis has helped focus our patrols in a manner which yields better results.”
The City of Middletown Police Department, which is the second largest police department in Orange County, started serving the residents of Middletown in 1888.