Police report shows trends, changes in Auburn area

Every year since 1996, administrative staff members of the Auburn Police Department have compiled a workload analysis to study trends and provide guidance for the planning of future police services.

Two weeks ago, Police Chief Bob Lee presented the 2103 report to the City's Municipal Services Committee.

The report shows what happened between 2009 and 2013 in categories ranging from the number of computer automated dispatch, or CAD, incidents to response times and incident reports, from the number of arrests and bookings to the total number of violent crimes committed.

Below is a summary of some of that data, reflecting changes in a span of time when the City's population increased from 67,485 to 73,235 people and the number of police officers dropped from 102 to 100.

• CAD calls — down from 75,552 calls in 2009 to 71,512 in 2013.

• On average, each resident of Auburn made .98 calls for police services in 2013.

• Response times for types of calls: priority one calls, when there is a confirmed hazard that could result in extensive loss of life or property, increased slightly between 2009 and 2013, from 3.4 minutes to 3.7 minutes; priority two calls, concerning a minimal hazard with considerably less potential for loss of life or property, increased from 9.5 to 14.9 minutes; response times for priority three calls, that is, calls that are low-hazard, non-life threatening, increased from 17.3 to 22.8 minutes; and priority four calls, involving police reports or cold calls, increased from 32.7 minutes in 2009 to 43 minutes in 2013.

• Total number of violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, up from 274 in 2009 to 285 in 2013.

• Violent crimes by category: murder, up slightly from four in 2009 to five in 2013; rape, increased from 13 to 26; robbery, up from 92 to 109; and aggravated assault, down from 165 to 145.

• Property crimes shot from 3,339 in 2009 to 3.926 in 2013. The high water mark was 4,003 in 2012.

• Property crimes by category: arson, decreased from 23 to 14; burglaries increased from 630 to 651; larceny up from 2,343 to 2,583; vehicle theft, up from 640 to 678.

• Fraud and forgery, increased from 449 to 464 incidents.

• All domestic violence incidents in Auburn: up from 1,805 to 1,962.

• All felony crimes: decreased from 3,350 in 2009 to 3,274 in 2013; major crimes up from 735 to 1,092 in 2013; property and Special Investigative Unit Crimes, down from 2,615 to 2,182. The high-water mark was 3,483 in 2011.

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