Meridian Township Crime Stats Are In

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

Meridian Township (WILX)-- Meridian Township crime stats are in and the news is not necessarily good.

Compared to last year violent crimes have risen by more than half. Robbery alone has more than doubled.

However, police don't plan to take any drastic measures because the increase is just a small portion of the overall crime trend.

"Most of our crimes have gone down, especially in the last five years if you go back as far as 2008," said Lt. Greg Frenger with the Meridian Township Police.

Violent crimes were at their lowest in 2011 with only 75 reports, rising 8% in 2012. Police say they don't know why they are starting to see another rise this year, but they don't believe it's going to become a trend.

"Do I fear crime is moving to our direction? Absolutely not," said former chief of criminal investigations, and board trustee, Milton Scales.

(If you want to take a look at the crime stats click on the links below.)

Compared to this time in 2012:

*Robbery is up 129%. 2012 had 7 reports, and 2013 has 16 reports.
*Aggravated Assault is up 75%. 2012 had 12 reports, 2013 has 21 reports.
*Rape is up 6%. 2012 had 16 reports, and 2013 has 17 reports.
*Murder is up 100%. There were no murders in 2012, and one murder has been reported for 2013.
*Overall Violent Crimes are up 57%. 2012 had 35 reports, and 2013 has had 55 reports.

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