Longboat crime down overall, burglaries, larcenies up 42.9%

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Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming issued the following summary to the town commission and Town Manager David Bullock which reflects police department response activity for the first half of the year: from Jan. 1 through June 30.

The Police Department responded to a total of 1,499 calls for service in the first quarter and 1,478 in the second quarter. The total of 2,977 incidents resulting in police response equates to a 3.3 percent decrease in calls in 2014 as compared to the first half of 2013.

The breakdown of calls for service are classified into a total of 68 categories with sub categories sorting events into criminal incidents, fire department assists and public service related activity.

The highest percentage of service calls fall under the category of fire department assistance, with a total of 623 for the first half of 2014, which is a 23.5 percent decrease in 2014 from the same period in 2013. Burglar alarm responses represent the next highest number of responses with 428 in 2014 compared with 372 in 2013; a 13.1 percent increase. Cases involving burglaries and all larcenies totals 84 in 2014, compared with 48 in 2013; a 42.9 percent increase. Traffic related activity including accidents stands at 842 for 2014, up by 141 from 2013, or a 26.6 percent increase.

Crimes of violence, including battery and sexual offenses have increased from 4 cases to 5 during the first half of 2014.

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