Assault, burglary cases up in Macon for 2013

Staff reportJuly 16, 2013 

The number of residential and commercial burglaries across Macon increased for the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012.

Aggravated assault cases also increased significantly, according to crime statistics presented to Macon City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday night. There were 221 such assaults during the first six months of 2013, compared to 139 during the same period of 2012.

There have been four more homicides so far this year, 11, compared to 2012. The number of rape cases reported so far, 21, is four fewer than the first six months of 2012.

Interim Police Chief Mike Carswell is aware of the problem areas and is addressing them regularly, police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said. The deployment of officers changes weekly, for example, to deal with crime trends that officers see.

The number of robberies is down slightly, 107 to 103, as is the number of arson cases, 24-21. Auto thefts are up by about 13 percent, from 252 to 284.

So far, clearing burglaries by arrest is a challenge for the department. Of the 135 commercial burglaries during the first half of this year, police have cleared just three by arrest, or 2.2 percent. Of the 794 residential burglaries, just 89 have been cleared by arrest, or about 11 percent. Commercial burglaries are up by 27 cases, and residential break-ins are up by 39.

The number of entering auto cases is down -- 474 to 388 -- but arrests have been made in just 15 of this year’s cases.

Larcenies are way down, 2,399 to 2,001, as are metal thefts, 343 to 104.

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