Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It was a sound strategy. Two prime suspects in the Niagara County robberies are behind bars now after they were collared on a traffic stop by Cheektowaga police.
“(The increased number of robberies in 2013) is a spike we’re aware of,” Filicetti said, “and we’re dealing with it.”
There was some good news in the violent crime numbers for 2013. Countywide, aggravated assaults were down 16 percent and rapes were down 20 percent.
In the area of property crimes the stats also showed positive trends. Property crimes decreased by more than 15 percent.
That overall decline was led by more than a 23 percent decrease in burglary complaints. Filicetti said much of the reduction is a result of fewer residential break-ins.
The undersheriff said that using intelligence generated by both patrol deputies and criminal investigators, “We can sometimes connect the areas (where burglaries are occurring) and the suspects.”
Filicetti said investigators were able to connect a pair of suspects in a Newfane area burglary spree recently, After the suspects were arrested, burglary complaints there decreased.
The same approach is credited in a 14 percent reduction in larcenies countywide in 2013.
“A lot of the larcenies were car break-ins,” Filicetti said. “We used our intelligence mapping to pinpoint where the larcenies were and we increased patrols. We also tried to educate people to lock their cars and keep their valuables out of sight.”
The only deviation in the decrease in property crime came in motor vehicle theft. That saw a 40 percent increase in 2013, to 45 from 32 in 2012.
“(That crime) goes in waves and it often depends on who’s incarcerated,” Filicetti said. “When certain people are out of jail, the number of (car) thefts tends to increase.”
Sheriff’s office stats also showed that the number of arrests in the county remained steady from 2012 to 2013.
Voutour and Filicetti said they hope to see continued downward trends in crime in 2014.
“Our field intelligence people will tell us, through mapping, where (crime) is going on and we’ll address it,” Filicetti said.