Carroll crime reported down 8.4% from 1992, but calls to police rising

December 07, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Although crime is down 8.4 percent in Carroll County for the first 11 months of this year, compared with the same period of 1992, the number of calls for service received by the state police increased by almost 6,500, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster state police barracks, told the county commissioners during the resident troopers' quarterly meeting that 32,841 calls had been received and handled from January through November 1993.

Lieutenant Neigh said state police resident troopers and other troopers who work out of the barracks handled 26,361 calls for service through 11 months of 1992.

The 87 troopers -- 48 residents and 39 barracks officers -- have issued 16,500 traffic citations, and apprehended 1,374 adults and 452 juveniles for criminal violations this year, the commissioners were told.

The barracks had five fewer troopers this year, Lieutenant Neigh said.

Beginning tomorrow and continuing through Dec. 24, the Westminster troopers, in conjunction with county sheriff's deputies, will conduct a Holiday Crime Prevention Patrol. The patrol will concentrate on area shopping centers and malls to alert shoppers about preventing robberies, shoplifting and thefts from vehicles.

The officers will tell the holiday shoppers not to place gifts or other items in view within their vehicles, but to place them in the locked trunk whenever possible.

Additional information on safety in and around automobiles also will be given to the shoppers, the lieutenant said.

State police, along with Westminster city police, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday.

The checkpoint, part of the six-month "Project Good Guys" program, will emphasize statewide education and enforcement against drinking and driving, police said.

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