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Grandview crime rates declining

GRANDVIEW - Overall figures show crime numbers in Grandview are dropping.

That's according to a 2011 annual report presented by Police Chief Dave Charvet last week during a Grandview City Council study session.

He noted a drop of 8 percent from 2010's figures. Areas of most improvement included auto theft, down by more than half from 42 in 2010 to 19 in 2011.

That trend was reflected in other property crimes as burglaries dropped by nearly 20 percent and thefts by about 10 percent.

There were, however, some violent crimes that showed increases. Grandview had one homicide in 2011 compared to none for 2010, and assaults jumped by more than 15 percent, from 114 in 2010 to 133 in 2011.

Robberies were up from two in 2010 to six in 2011.

Grandview police also appear to be making inroads against graffiti.

In 2010 the city fielded 279 calls related to graffiti and last year the number dropped to 158 - a decline of more than 40 percent. In fact, the 158 figure for 2011 represents the lowest number of graffiti incidents in more than five years.

As for traffic citations, there was a drop of about 5 percent from 2010, with DUI and speeding tickets down 32 and 16 percent, respectively.

The biggest declines in citations were for stop light/sign violations (down nearly 40 percent) and vehicle license violations (down by almost half).

Motorists in Grandview did, however, experience difficulties with the ban on cell phone use and texting that went into effect a couple of years ago. In 2010, 71 citations were issued for that infraction. That number nearly doubled last year, as 131 citations were written up.

In his 2011 report, Charvet told council that overall calls for service plummeted to 5,488. That's down about 12 percent from 2010 and nearly 20 percent from 2008.

Better yet, for Grandview, the number of calls for service in 2011 was the lowest in a decade.

"Overall, I am very proud of the men and women of the Grandview Police Department and the quality of work they produce," Charvet noted in his report. "It reflects on the professionalism, hard work and commitment they exhibit."

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