Statewide crime figures for 2012 released
by Rachel Davis
Aug 02, 2013 | 1633 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center released its Crime in Alabama 2012 report this week. This is a compilation of all crimes reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting program. State law mandates that all crimes from state, county and local law enforcement be reported to this system.

The crimes are broken down into Part I Index Crimes, which includes homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson, and Part II Offenses that includes lesser crimes. The report focuses more attention on the Part I crimes.

Statewide, according to the report, there were 181,753 crimes reported in 2012, a 5 percent decrease from 2011. The total property value stolen in 2012 amounted to approximately $215,059,728.

Some of the data appears to be incomplete, with the homicide rate in the Walker County Sheriff’s Office’s homicide reports listed at 0, despite a homicide last summer, and the Cordova Police Department homicide reports listed at 0, despite a murder early in 2012. There may be other omissions within the reports.

All four homicides in the county resulted in arrests.

The reports said 3,069 Part I offenses were reported in the county during 2012, according to combined reports from the sheriff’s office and municipal police.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office handled 1,034 of those calls, including five rape reports, seven robbery reports, 87 assault reports, 370 burglary reports, 496 larceny reports and 69 motor vehicle theft reports. None of 2011’s data was available on the report for the sheriff’s office, making it impossible to figure a rate of increase or decrease. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as one juvenile and 97 adults arrested for Part I crimes and six juveniles and 786 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Jasper Police Department handled 1,269 of the calls, including eight rape reports, 42 robbery reports, 75 assault reports, 242 burglary reports, 857 larceny reports and 45 motor vehicle theft reports. Data from 2011 shows a 100 percent decrease in homicide reports (from one to zero), no increase or decrease in rape reports, a 62 percent increase in robbery reports, a 25 percent increase in assault reports, a 17 percent increase in burglary reports, a 14 percent increase in larceny reports and a 22 percent decrease in motor vehicle theft reports. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as 11 juveniles and 358 adults arrested for Part I crimes and 27 juveniles and 650 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Carbon Hill Police Department handled 148 of the calls, including nine assault reports, 19 burglary reports, 108 larceny reports and 12 motor vehicle theft reports. A look at 2011 shows this is an increase of 20 percent in assault reports, a 19 percent increase in burglary reports, a 135 percent increase in larceny reports and a 14 percent decrease in motor vehicle theft reports. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as one juvenile and 22 adults arrested for Part I crimes and 159 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Cordova Police Department handled 146 of the calls, including one rape report, two robbery reports, 15 assault reports, 42 burglary reports, 81 larceny reports and five motor vehicle theft reports. In comparison with the 2011 reports, that is a 100 percent increase in rape reports (from zero to one), a 100 percent increase in robbery reports (from one to two), a 67 percent increase in assault reports, a 27 percent increase in burglary reports, a 17 percent decrease in larceny reports and a 55 percent decrease in motor vehicle theft. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as 10 adults arrested for Part I crimes and two juveniles and 49 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Dora Police Department handled 156 of the calls, including one homicide, two rape reports, two robbery reports, 15 assault reports, 45 burglary reports, 73 larceny reports and 18 motor vehicle theft reports. A comparison to 2011 shows a 100 percent increase in homicide reports (from zero to one), a 100 percent increase in rape reports (from one to two), no increase or decrease in robbery reports, a 15 percent increase in assault reports, a 50 percent increase in burglary reports, a 24 percent increase in larceny reports and a 260 percent increase in motor vehicle theft reports. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as two juveniles and 40 adults arrested for Part I crimes and 11 juveniles and 456 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Sumiton Police Department handled 262 of the calls, including one homicide, five robbery reports, 13 assault reports, 38 burglary reports, 191 larceny reports and 14 motor vehicle theft reports. In comparing the 2012 data with the data from 2011, there was a 100 percent increase in homicide reports (from zero to one), zero rapes in either year, a 25 percent increase in robbery reports, a 44 percent increase in the number of assault reports, a 36 percent increase in burglary reports, a 19 percent increase in larceny reports and a 367 percent increase in motor vehicle theft reports. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as two juveniles and 98 adults arrested for Part I crimes and five juveniles and 747 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Parrish Police Department handled 21 of the calls, including one assault report, seven burglary reports and 13 larceny reports. With no homicides, rapes or robberies in 2011 or 2012, Parrish saw a 0 percent increase or decrease in those crimes. In comparing the 2012 data with the data from 2011, there was a 50 percent decrease in the number of assault reports, a 600 percent increase in burglary reports, a 63 percent decrease in larceny reports and a 100 percent decrease in motor vehicle theft reports. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as three adults arrested for Part I crimes and one juvenile and 106 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Oakman Police Department handled 10 of the calls, including five burglary reports, four larceny reports and one motor vehicle theft report. None of 2011’s data was available on the report for the Oakman Police Department, making it impossible to figure a rate of increase or decrease. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down to six adults arrested for Part II crimes.

The Sipsey Police Department handled 23 of the calls, including three assault reports, six burglary reports, 11 larceny reports and three motor vehicle theft reports. None of 2011’s data was available on the report for the Sipsey Police Department, making it impossible to figure a rate of increase or decrease. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as one adult arrested for Part I crimes and one adult arrested for Part II crimes.

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office had 372 Part I offense reports filed in 2012. Of those calls, one was a homicide report, four rape reports, two robbery reports, 50 assault reports, 110 burglary reports, 176 larceny reports and 29 motor vehicle thefts.

In 2011, the office handled zero homicides, rapes and robberies. During 2011, the office handled 13 assault reports, 76 burglary reports, 100 larceny reports and nine motor vehicle thefts. That data shows a 100 percent increase in homicides, rapes and robberies (because of the zero in those categories from the year before), a 285 percent increase in assault reports, a 45 percent increase in burglaries, a 76 percent increase in larceny and a 222 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts. The department’s arrests for 2012 break down as one juvenile and 102 adults arrested for Part I crimes and 604 adults arrested for Part II crimes.

To view the complete report, visit www.acjic.alabama.gov.