Janesville crime rate increases in 2010
Serious crimes—homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, vehicle theft and arson—were up 8 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, Chief Dave Moore said. The crime rate—serious crimes per 100,000 population—still remained 14 percent below the five-year average.
Janesville's crime rate for at least 10 years has been above the state and national rates because those numbers include rural areas that don't have the same crime issues as urban areas, Moore said. Janesville's crime rate in 2009 was fifth-highest among 13 similar-size Wisconsin cities.
The city had 30 forcible rapes in 2010 compared to 18 in 2009, a 67 percent increase, he said. However, 30 rapes was close to the five-year average of 28.
Thefts were up 8 percent, largely because of thefts from motor vehicles, Moore said. Burglaries also spiked 15 percent.
Total arrests were down 6 percent, he said.
The number of times police responded to calls increased 6 percent, including a 30 percent spike in traffic stops, Moore said.
Traffic stops increased because computer software and printers in patrol cars make stops more efficient, he said. Officers can spend more time on the road because they're not writing tickets by hand.
Traffic accidents hit a five-year low, Moore said. Accidents have been on a downward trend for years.