CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Crime in the city of Chicopee is down, according to statistics from the FBI. Police Officer Michael Wilk released the statistics Wednesday, which track violent and property crime since 2012. The numbers show that robbery, aggravated assault, and breaking and entering complaints have all dropped during that time.
The number of breaking and entering calls has declined steadily, from 565 in 2012 to 437 last year. In the first five months of 2015, there were only 122 B&E complaints citywide. Aggravated assault and simple assault also dropped, from a total of 523 complaints in 2012 to 420 in 2014, and 209 through the end of this May.
The rate of aggravated assault appeared up year-over-year through June 1, however, with 43 aggravated assaults reported in that time period, as opposed to 53 in all of last year (there were 89 in 2012 and 105 in 2013.)
Robberies were down from 65 in 2012 to 53 last year, and only 18 in the first five months of 2015, shoplifting was also down during that period. Property crimes, such as theft from a motor vehicle and theft from a building, varied from year to year- with slightly more thefts from cars in 2014 than 2012, and slightly fewer thefts from buildings, though the rate of both was down in the first few months of 2015.
In total, the number of incident reports is down from 4,806 in 2012 to 4,451 in 2014. There were 1,995 reported incidents between January 1 and May 31 of this year.