Greenburgh Police Report Drop In Serious Crimes In 2013

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Town of Greenburgh Police said that there were fewer reported serious crimes in 2013 compared to previous years. Photo Credit: File Photo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Town of Greenburgh Police said that there were fewer reported serious crimes in 2013 compared to previous years. 

Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney released statistics on Part 1 and Part 2 Criminal Offenses for 2013. Part 1 Offenses are considered serious crimes by the United States Department of Justice, including Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Homicide, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery and Rape. Greenburgh Police said in 2013, a total of 632 Part 1 Offenses were reported to the department as compared to the 643 reported in 2012 and 932 reported during 2009. 

"This represents an decrease of 11 offenses over 2012 constituting a decrease of approximately 2 percent," police said in the report. "The decrease experienced in 2013 was driven by a nearly 32 percent decrease in MV Theft, from 34 to 23, and a 25% decrease in Burglaries from 68 to 51." 

Police said the 51 burglaries tallied in 2013 was the lowest number recorded in recent years in the township, according to the report.

A total of 1,081 Part 2 offenses, which are considered less serious criminal acts, were reported in 2013. This was a decrease of 196 over 2012 or 15 percent, according to police who attributed the decrease to the decline in simple assault, criminal mischief and sex offenses.

In reporting these statistics, the Greenburgh Police Department utilizes the New York State Incident Based Reporting System as opposed to the Uniform Crime Reporting System generally employed by police agencies in New York and throughout the nation. The difference in the two systems is that NYSBIRS, which is based on the U.S. Department of Justice’s system, reports multiple offenses committed during the same incident while UCR reports only the most serious offense involved in the incident.

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