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SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Crime in South Kingstown was down overall in 2011 from the previous year, according to the South Kingstown Police Department’s 2011 annual report.
The recently released report outlines crime and accident statistics, which allows the department to identify crime trends in the community.
“The police department's review of the facts and circumstances of crimes reflect that citizens are too often callous and present targets of opportunity for thieves to take advantage of,” said Vincent Vespia, chief of the South Kingstown Police Department.
The detective division reported offenses known to police were down to 530 counts in 2011 from 543 in 2010. Crime is still up, however, compared to 2009, in which the detective division reported 455 known offenses.
Five incidents of rape were reported, up from three in 2010. Incidents of larceny also increased by more than 5 percent from 248 in 2010 to 261 in 2011. The monetary value of goods stolen increased as well by about $550 per offense.
As incidents of larceny increased, the percentage of property recovered as compared to the previous year, decreased. Only about 9 percent of stolen property was recovered in 2011, compared to nearly 18 percent in 2010.
Of the increase in larceny, Chief Vespia stressed the need for citizens to exercise caution and protect their belongings.
“Many police reports clearly indicate that victims of property crimes take little precaution to protect their property,” Chief Vespia said. “We routinely receive reports of unlocked automobiles in public areas as well as in private driveways containing unprotected valuable property such as cameras, computers, iPods, cash, etc. Incidents of property crime can be reduced if citizens displayed a higher degree of caution.”
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