Two current armed robberies in Elgin blunted the excellent news this week that burglaries and most main crimes proceed on a downward pattern within the metropolis.
In her month-to-month crime stats present and weekly radio program, Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley mentioned crime tendencies within the metropolis this week. Probably the most severe offenses, corresponding to violent crimes, are down 12% from final yr as of the top of August. That comes regardless of a slight uptick in drug and narcotic arrests from final yr. In the meantime, the second-most-serious class of offenses is up 5% from final yr. However Lalley urged that is a very good statistic as a result of it means officers are being extra aggressive with DUI arrests that hold streets secure.
Total, crime is down 5% within the metropolis from final yr, however Lalley stated comparisons to 2020 are tough due to the pandemic.
“It was a really distinctive yr with COVID-19 and the restrictions with the stay-at-home orders,” Lalley stated. “We have by no means had one thing like that occur earlier than.
One huge spotlight is a 48% lower in burglaries within the metropolis in comparison with final yr. Regardless of a current spate of automotive burglaries, Lalley attributed that stat, in addition to an general five-year downward pattern in burglaries to individuals doing a very good job with eradicating valuables from their automobiles and locking them in a single day.
That excellent news contrasted in opposition to two current armed robberies within the metropolis that police are investigating. The primary armed theft occurred on Sept. 16 at a retailer on the 700 block of Walnut Avenue. There have been no accidents, however the robber took money from the shop after brandishing a handgun.
The second armed theft occurred Wednesday at a enterprise on the 800 block of Dundee Avenue. That theft concerned two male suspects and what gave the impression to be a handgun. The shop clerk in that incident obtained a minor damage because the suspects took cash and fled.
Lalley stated the incidents should not essentially associated, although that could be a risk police contemplate when investigating related incidents inside a short while body. She stated officers have sturdy leads on the Walnut Avenue armed theft, and so they count on to have the case resolved inside the subsequent week.
Lastly, Elgin has now logged its forty fifth shots-fired incident. That quantity is similar to the variety of gunfire crimes the town logged at this similar time final yr.