Report shows crime in Darien increased slightly in 2013
Updated 10:42 am, Sunday, February 9, 2014
If it seemed as though motor vehicle burglaries appeared weekly in the police blotter, it's because police saw a 40 percent increase in 2013 from 2012, according to the 2013 Darien Police Department performance report.
Other major crimes that saw an increase from 2012 to 2013 include burglary, domestic disturbance, narcotics and vandalism.
Motor vehicle burglaries increased from 44 in 2012 to 62 in 2013, many of which included unlocked vehicles.
Ten of the 29 burglaries that occurred in 2013 happened at residential properties, while the remaining 19 occurred at commercial locations.
There was a 19 percent increase in domestic disturbances from 2012 to 2013, of which 37 included violence. The last time there were more than 100 domestic disturbances was in 2010 when there were 113, according to the report.
"Domestics can be looked at two ways," Police Chief Duane Lovello said. "There can either be more domestic-related incidences or people are more comfortable reporting them. One is good. One is bad."
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On the contrary, stolen motor vehicles saw a 66 percent decrease from 12 in 2012 to four in 2013. Lovello said most of the cars are stolen by people who come from surrounding areas by way of I-95, the Post Road or the trains. He noted that the four cars stolen in 2013 is a stark difference from the 1980s when upward of 75 cars were being swiped in a year.
In 2012, eight cars were stolen from the BMW of Darien lot in a single night, contributing to the total of 12.
Traffic accidents took a dip as well with a 9 percent decrease from 558 accidents in 2012 to 504 in 2013.
According to the report, the five most frequent accident locations are at intersections along the Post Road -- Old Kings Highway North, Mansfield Avenue, Leroy Avenue and Corbin Drive -- as well as at Camp Avenue and Hoyt Street.
Police conducted 3,992 traffic stops during 2013, 82 of which resulted in a driving while intoxicated arrests. That is a 49 percent increase from 2012, when there were 55 DWI arrests.
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