Oswego Police Report Second Straight Decrease in Annual Crime Rate
Feb 02, 2017 12:45PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Oswego Police are reporting an overall drop in crime in the village for 2016.
Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara reported Thursday that the village saw a decrease of 19 percent in Part 1 crimes, which include incidents of robbery, burglary, vehicle theft, arson aggravated battery, sex crimes and murder. The figures are based on reported crimes.
The Oswego Police Department responded to a total 414 crimes that met the criteria for Part 1 Crime Reports in 2016. That total was 508 in 2015.
Village President Gail Johnson praised the Police Department and the community for their efforts in decreasing crime in the village.
"Our police department embraces a philosophy of community partnerships so that the entire community works together to reduce crime. This is a direct result of the leadership of Chief (Jeff) Burgner and his leadership team."
For 2016, the No. 1 crime in Oswego again was theft, with police taking 350 reports for incidents including shoplifting and other stolen property. That number is down from 2015 when 438 thefts were reported.
Reported sex crimes were also down in 2016 with eight reported versus 14 in 2015. However, 2016 saw 2 more robberies (5 total) than 2015 when 3 were reported. Aggravated batteries and assaults also saw an increase from 10 to 12 year over year.
2016 also marks the fifth straight year in Oswego without a murder. The last murder in the village occurred in August 2011.
Part 2 crimes like DUI, domestic battery and drug and alcohol crimes also saw a significant decrease in 2016. Nevara said part 2 crimes were off by a full 25 percent.
While the village does release a complete crime report annually, Nevara said the full 2016 won't be available until later this year.