Colleyville Police continue a standard of safety after seeing a 2-percent drop in crime in 2017.
Then-interim Police Chief Robert Hinton presented the annual Crime Report to City Council at a Jan. 16, 2018, worksession, which highlighted trends in crime in the city that occurred in the past year.
“The Colleyville Police Department’s success is a testament to the men and women in uniform and the community’s commitment to keeping Colleyville one of the safest cities in Texas,” Mayor Richard Newton said.
Data shows Colleyville saw a drop in Part 1 crimes, which include violent crimes such as aggravated assault and robbery and property crimes such as burglaries and thefts. The reduction came in a decrease of burglaries and thefts. The city saw 37 reported burglary cases in 2017 compared to 45 in 2016, and 34 burglary of vehicle cases in 2017 compared to 41 in 2016.
“For a city of our size those numbers are incredible,” Chief Hinton said. “They are much lower than most cities our size.”
One issue that persisted in 2016 and 2017 was residential shed burglaries, which accounted for 29 offenses across both years. In 2017, Colleyville Police were able to clear those incidents with the arrest of a suspect connected to all 29 residential shed burglaries.
Colleyville Police follow the national Uniform Crime Reporting program to produce reliable crime statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management.
Other Report Highlights
- There was an increase in reported fraud to 123 cases in 2017 with a spike in tax return fraud. The Internal Revenue Service has several resources about identity theft protections and what to do if you are a victim of tax return fraud. For more information visit irs.gov.
- Calls for Service increased to 7,977 from 7,639 the year before. Chief Hinton said this trends with the growing population and the Police Department’s encouragement for citizens to call if they see anything suspicious.
- There was a 22-percent decrease in arrests from 980 in 2016 to 761 in 2017, which the department attributes to effective crime fighting strategies.
- Since 2010, the City of Colleyville has seen a 50-percent drop in overall crime. Several factors contribute to this including, involved community policing and data-driven police work.