MONTROSE — An increase in arrests have Montrose police officials confident the amount of commercial burglaries will decrease in the coming months as new numbers show commercial burglary activity is on the rise.
At Monday’s City Council work session, Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said commercial burglaries were up 73 percent. In May, commercial burglaries rose 33 percent, but a rash of break-ins in June hiked that number to 73 percent.
Through the first six months of 2014 there have been 15 commercial burglaries in Montrose, compared to 26 in all of 2013. Residential burglary is down 3 percent, along with assaults and domestic violence.
“Our guys have been extremely busy,” Chinn said of his officers. “There is an awful lot of overtime.”
Although burglaries “are up big time,” recent arrests — some involving repeat offenders — could lead to a reduction in future activity.
“We made some arrests, and I believe that over the next quarter, we will see a reduction” in crime, Chinn said.
Chinn would not say what areas of the city were experiencing the increase, but did say that “all over” the city, businesses owners needed to better gird themselves for crime. “Good locks can take care of the problem,” he said.
Motor vehicle theft is up 80 percent, and, in the last six months, 10 vehicle thefts were reported (18 were reported last year). There has been a 23 percent increase in criminal mischief, with 195 reports so far in 2014 (last year’s total number of reports was 239).
Theft reports are up 19 percent, and in the first six months of 2014, 291 reported thefts have been reported (compared with last year’s tally of 347).
Drug arrests, excluding marijuana, are up 8 percent over the same time period a year ago.
Traffic accidents in the city are up slightly, by 2 percent, and DUI accidents are down by 37 percent. In 2014 there have been 10 accidents resulting from DUI; in all of 2013, there were just 11.
Felony arrests are up, with adult arrests up 21 percent and juvenile felony arrests up 133 percent. In all of 2013, there were just six juvenile arrests. So far this year, there are 14 reported juvenile arrests, and misdemeanor arrests involving juveniles are down 39 percent.