Criminal cases didn't go significantly up or down in Devils Lake throughout 2013, according to the final activity report released by the Devils Lake Police Department Monday.
Criminal cases didn't go significantly up or down in Devils Lake throughout 2013, according to the final activity report released by the Devils Lake Police Department Monday. Ultimately, the crime statistics in the report are very similar to tallies from 2011 and 2012.
"Our trend of activity over the past three years has remained fairly stable," Keith Schroeder, Devils Lake Chief of Police wrote in the report.
Arrests were up in 2013 with department officials making 2,028 arrests compared to 1,892 in 2012. Major increases included 92 Disorderly Conduct arrests in 2013 which is up 16 from a year earlier. The department served 352 warrants in 2013 compared to 201 in 2012.
Schroeder also noted that there has been an increasing number of drug cases in Devils Lake. This is shown by the fact that 50 Ingestion of a Controlled Substance arrests were made in 2013 up 19 from a year ago.
While there were more arrests in the 12-month period, a decreased number of citation violations were written out in the past year. There were 1,822 citation violations in 2013 down from 1,984 in 2012.
Calls for service were up slightly from last year at 10,501 in 2013 compared to 10,408 in 2012.
The number of accidents reported in city limits was also down. In 2012, 410 vehicle accidents were reported to the department compared to 381 in 2013.
According to statistics from the local Crime Stoppers Helpline, the Devils Lake Police Department has received a great amount valuable information from the public in 2013. Throughout the year, the local department was able to use tips left on the hotline number to help solve 30 cases. That is up 11 cases from 2012. More than $1,500 of property was recovered through Crime Stoppers.
"The Crime Stoppers Hotline is a very useful source for the department," Sue Schwab, Devils Lake Police detective, commented. "If we are looking for additional information on a particular case, we will request tips from the public through the hotline. It has provided us with a lot of good information through the years."
The Crime Stoppers hotline allows individuals to have the option to provide information anonymously if they chose to do so. In addition to gaining potential leads to cases, Crime Stoppers is also a positive way for the department to pay out rewards.
"It's been very positive for us all around," Schwab stated. "We appreciate all the information and help we receive from the public."