Crime down slightly in third quarter

‘Person’ crimes down 27 percent; other offenses up 2 percent from 2011

By Katherine Wartell

Overall crime and traffic accidents in Riley County are down slightly compared with this time last year, according to third-quarter statistics released by the Riley County Police Department.

In numbers that represent the department’s entire jurisdiction, there were 469 reported criminal offenses in this year’s third quarter, compared with 478 for the same period in 2011, representing a 1.9 percent decrease. Person crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, decreased by 26.6 percent, while non-person crimes, including burglary and theft, increased by 1.9 percent.

Person crimes decreased from 64 to 47 reported offenses, with aggravated assaults decreasing by 37 percent, from 46 reported offenses to 29. The only person crime to increase was robbery, with 9 cases reported compared to six.

In Manhattan alone, where 428 of the offenses occurred, there was an overall decrease in crime of 2.3 percent, with a 13.7-percent decrease in person crimes and a very slight decrease in non-person crimes.

Forty-four person crimes were reported in Manhattan in this year’s third quarter, with 28 of those being aggravated assault, nine being robbery and seven being rape. In 2011, 35 aggravated assaults were reported, along with six robberies and nine rapes.

There were 384 non-person crimes reported in Manhattan, including 302 thefts, 71 burglaries and 11 automobile thefts, as compared with 387 non-person crimes reported for that period in 2011.

In Ogden, there were 13 reported offenses in this year’s third quarter, all of which were non-person crimes, including two burglaries, nine thefts and two automobile thefts. In person crimes, the number of reported aggravated assault decreased from 11 in 2011 to zero in 2012.

In the rest of Riley County, there were 28 reported offenses, an increase from 15 the previous year. The majority of those offenses were non-person crimes, including 10 thefts and 12 burglaries, an increase from seven thefts and six burglaries reported in the same quarter in 2011.

In year-to-date figures, 1,283 offenses have been reported in the entire jurisdiction, a 4.1-percent increase from year-to-date figures for 2011. The majority of the offenses were thefts, with 882 reported. In person crimes, there have been 31 rapes, 20 robberies and 94 aggravated assaults reported, representing a 2.8 percent increase over 2011. In non-person crimes, there have been 216 burglaries, 882 thefts and 39 automobile thefts reported, representing a 4.2-percent increase over 2011.

In the third quarter of 2012, there were a total of 353 traffic accidents, a number that includes accidents caused by driver error, weather and animals, and accidents that occurred on both public and private roads. That figure represents a 4.1-percent decrease from this time last year, when 368 accidents were reported.

The total number of accidents when those caused by weather and animals is disregarded was 257.

The roads where the majority of accidents take place, as compiled by Patrol Capt. Tim Hegarty, are the 2900 to 3000 blocks of Anderson Avenue (17), the intersection of Fort Riley Boulevard and Seth Child Road (11), Seth Child Road between Anderson Avenue and Fort Riley Boulevard (8), the intersection of Tuttle Creek Boulevard and McCall Road (7) and the intersection of Bluemont Avenue and Fourth Street (6).

Hegarty said those five locations accounted for nearly 15 percent of all accidents in the third quarter.

During the third quarter, Riley County officers conducted 5,547 traffic stops, a 4.4-percent decrease from the third quarter of 2011.

During these stops,1,293 non-accident related citations were issued, a 22.9-percent increase over 2011, and 3,130 warnings were issued, a 12.8-percent decrease from 2011.

Hegarty said that for each stop that produced a citation or written warning, drivers received written warnings by a nearly three-to-one margin.

He said the most frequent non-accident citations were issued for speeding, seat-belt and cell-phone violations, while the most frequent accident-related citations issued were for inattentive driving, following too closely and failure to yield. Riley County officers issued 156 accident related citations in the third quarter of this year, a decrease of 46 from 202 during the same period in 2011.

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