MIDDLETOWN VIOLENT CRIME CONTINUES TO FALL, PRODUCTIVITY RISES
October 7, 2009
The City of Middletown Police Department has had a 13% decrease in violent crime for the first three quarters of this year while the amount of arrests have increased 13%.
Murder is down 100% as there have been no murders this year compared to five that occurred to date last year. Rapes have been cut in half while robberies are down 21%.
The department continues to emphasize quality of life arrests by directing patrols to areas that have shown the need for enhanced enforcement as identified through crime analysis. This has resulted in a jump in arrests for the year. The department made 2501 arrests this year through the third quarter compared to 2204 last year through the third quarter. In addition traffic tickets issued have increased 14% with 5161 being issued for the year. The total for the first three quarters of this year is greater than any total for a whole 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.
“The crime analysis continues to allow us to provide more efficient and effective policing”, said Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne. “Professional policing requires focus beyond what is achieved from reading reports. Crime analysis and crime mapping delivers a more focused response department wide”,
“I am encouraged by the continued reduction in violent and property crime in our city” said Byrne. “The proactive arrests, traffic enforcement and community policing are helping to make people safe and improve their quality of life.”
The City of Middletown Police Department, which is the second largest police department in Orange County, started serving the residents of Middletown in 1888