Some police departments fax police reports to me and others email them. Plus there are dozens of phone calls made each week to other local police departments. It's part of the work put in on our Neighborhood Crime Alert story. We talk with police about crime trends and clusters of crime in order to select the story we do each week.
After doing this for several months, I'm struck by the wide variety of crime found week after week in the police reports from the City of Chesterfield. You'd expect a wide variety of criminal activity in a city of 47,000 but the reports from the Chesterfield Police Department win the prize for covering the most ground. On the first page of a summary of recent criminal activity, these were the crimes listed: a 14-year old stopped for possession of tobacco products, a 28-year old caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart who assault a store security guard, threatening messages left on a cell phone and a 19-year old arrested for heroin possession.
The report also included an assault at a hockey game, the arrest of a 17-year old for an attempted burglary, a 44-year old arrested for a fraudulent attempt to get a prescription narcotic and a 43-year old arrested for assaulting her parents. Certainly a larger city like St. Louis has a greater number of violent crimes, but the variety found in the Chesterfield police reports, makes them an interesting read.
Most police departments report that the holidays and the bitterly cold weather at the first of the year, helped to keep the amount of crime down. But the forecast calls for warmer weather and because of that, the pace of work at police departments, is expected to pick up.