Crime rate takes a dip

KINGMAN - Could it be the weather, the economy, gas prices or something else that has decreased the number of service calls to the Kingman Police Department in April.

The department reported a 6.16 percent decline in calls for service in April as compared to 2007. It also reported a drop of 24.29 percent this April over last year in written calls.

And it looks as if June is going to follow the trend. Sgt. Rusty Cooper said that between June 1 and June 19 the department has seen a 14 percent decrease in the number of calls it has received over last year.

"We don't know what is causing it," he said. "It could have something to do with the economy and people just not getting out as much, but we just don't know. It is noticeable."

According to the department's 2007 annual report, 2008 seems to be following a two-year decrease in crime starting in 2006. In 2007, the department responded to a total of 31,313 calls for service. That was down 7 percent from a total of 33,705 calls in 2006 and down nearly 10 percent from 2005.

Cooper said officers have also noticed a decrease in the amount of activity between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m.

Most people would think that property crimes would increase during a downturn in the economy, as more people find themselves in financial trouble, but things don't seem to be happening that way right now, he said. "We don't have a definitive answer. We just do not know."