City crime rate drops slightly

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

  Monroe saw a decrease of 3.8 percent in Part 1 crimes in 2012 when compared to 2011.

Part I crimes are such crimes as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Of the Part I crimes — violent crimes, which include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — decreased by 10.7 percent while property crimes which include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft went down by 3.7 percent, according to a Monroe Police Department Part I crime report.

"We are pleased with the decrease in overall crimes this past year, especially the number of burglaries and larcenies," Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan said in an e-mail.

She mentioned that in November and December of 2012 there were 13 Honda Civics stolen, which contributed to the increase in motor vehicle thefts.

Twelve of the vehicles were recovered and three people were arrested in connection with those thefts, Duncan said.

"We continue to strive to reduce crime to make Monroe a safe place to live and work," she said in the e-mail.

In 2012, the month of September had the most Part I crimes with a total of 198. Of the 198, 148 of the crimes were larcenies and 38 were burglaries. The month also saw six motor vehicle thefts, four robberies, one rape and one case of aggravated assault, according to the Monroe Police Department Crime Report.

The month of February in 2012 saw the fewest Part I crimes with 146 total. This consisted of 111 larcenies, 28 burglaries and seven motor vehicle thefts, according to the report.