Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Annual report shows Tonganoxie remains safe

February 3, 2011

When Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau reviewed the city’s 2010 crime statistics he noticed one thing of significance — there was hardly any crime.

The community wasn’t without public safety problems, but the annual reports indicates

“We had a pretty slow year,” he told the Tonganoxie City County on Jan. 24. “Crime was way below the state average, which is significantly below the national average.

“Tonganoxie continues to be a safe community.”

Arrests have decreased 25 percent since 2008 to 117 last year. Brandau said.

Brandau noted vehicle burglaries were up significantly from seven in 2009 to 29 in 2010, an increase attributed to members of an alleged theft ring arrested in December. Theft was the only other category up noticeably, with the police department reporting 117 such cases in 2010 compared to 77 in 2009.

The total number of violent crimes of assault, battery and domestic battery fell from 57 in 2009 to 56 last year.

In response to a question from Councilman Chris Donnelly, Brandau said the increase in citations from 896 in 2008 to 1,213 in 2009 and 1,221 in 2010 reflected added emphasis on patrols. City Attorney Mike Kelly added that the city increased patrols on U.S. Highway 24/40 in 2009 in response to reduced activity by other agencies.

The increased patrolling will continue the year with an added emphasis on impaired drivers, Brandau said.

The Kansas Department of Transportation grant that reimbursed overtime pay for stepped-up patrols during Thanksgiving weekend will provide the same arrangement for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Brandau said there would be enough money to have stepped-up patrol one other weekend, as well.

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