By Dan Linehan
Free Press Staff Writer
NORTH MANKATO — Thefts from vehicles plunged in 2012 while domestic assault rose, North Mankato Police Chief Chris Boyer told the City Council Monday during his annual report on crime.
Boyer credited the drop in thefts to citizens calling police about suspicious people and to his officers for making the arrests.
Overall, violent, or “personal” crimes rose from 510 in 2011 to 556 in 2012. Domestic assaults rose from 18 in 2011 to 34 last year. Boyer said he couldn’t explain the increase.
Councilwoman Diane Norland asked Boyer if police tell victims about the services offered by CADA, a nonprofit that runs a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
Boyer said, “We offer it every time. We try to push it as much as we can because it’s a great service.”
Assaults stayed the same (19) and cases involving criminal sexual conduct dropped from 15 to 10. There was only one robbery last year, compared with three in 2011. Harassment cases rose from 25 to 40.
Overall, property crimes dropped from 481 to 388 for 2012.
Most of the drop was accounted for in thefts from vehicles, which dropped from 143 to 54. Still, that was more than in 2010, when 27 were reported.
Burglaries also dropped, from 45 in 2011 to 28 last year. There were 23 burglaries reported in 2010.
Underage consumption of alcohol stayed rare, down from 6 to 5 last year.
And there were no crashes in the city caused by alcohol in 2012.
“That’s tremendous,” Boyer said.
There was one traffic death, on Lookout Drive in January.
The total number of police reports dropped by about 3 percent, to 3,145.
Boyer looked ahead to next year’s report, saying gun permit requests are “going to go through the ceiling.”
“It’s going to be double if not triple for 2013,” he said.
Crime comparisons with other cities are difficult at this time because the FBI will not release its analysis of 2012 crime until this summer.
Norland ended the meeting by noting that, again in 2012, there were dozens of cats euthanized and few or no dogs.
“Please, for heaven’s sake people, fix your cats. Honestly, it’s not that big a deal.