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Vehicle burglaries up, but overall crime dips in Darien

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:04 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:12 p.m. CST

DARIEN – The City of Darien released its quarterly crime statistics report Friday, comparing 2013 incident rates to the 2014 first quarter and revealing an dip in criminal offenses.

According to the data released, statistics show about a 28 percent reduction in the most frequently reported criminal incidents in Darien, including assaults, battery, residential burglary, burglary, burglary to motor vehicles and criminal property damage.

While overall incidents have decreased, the city said there are areas of concern, such as a 55 percent increase in the number of burglaries of motor vehicles, which jumped from nine incidents in the first quarter of 2013 to 14 this year.

Of the 14 incidents, two involved locked vehicles. In three of the remaining 12 cases, the owners were unsure whether or not their vehicle was locked, and in nine of the other incidents, the vehicles were unlocked, according to a newsletter from the City of Darien.

Residential burglaries decreased by about 86 percent, dropping from seven incidents in 2013 down to one incident from January to April, according to the crime statistics.

Criminal damage also decreased 76 percent going from 25 incidents to now six.

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