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Cedar Falls crime is up

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Crime in Cedar Falls was up in 2009, however violent crime remains at a low level.

There were no homicides in Cedar Falls in 2009 and the number of robberies decreased from 11 in 2008 to 8 in 2009. A majority of the increase comes from less serious crimes.

Violent Crime is defined by the US Department of Justice as murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson says the Cedar Falls rate of 370 remains well below the national average of 454 per 100,000 people.

Crimes that were up significantly include vandalism, which was up 52% (541 in 2009 compared to 355 in 2008).  Chief Olson says this is primarily due to vehicle vandalism in which several arrests were made. One group was responsible for over 60 acts of vandalism.

Proactive measures by officers increased the number of arrests for drug violations, drug violations were up 24% (197 in 2009 compared to 159 in 2008).

Fraud reports were down 14% (114 in 2009 compared to 133 in 2008).

Cedar Falls logged 3,026 crimes in 2009 compared to 2,797 in 2008. The highest numbers in recent years include 3,313 crimes in 2005 and 3,356 crimes in 2006.

Officers responded to 24,520 calls for service, made 1,458 arrests, investigated 1,617 traffic accidents and made 8,675 traffic stops.

Overall crime was up 8.2 %. Police Chief Jeff Olson says; "Cedar Falls has fewer violent crimes when compared to the national average. Despite the overall increase in crime, Cedar Falls remains a safe place to work and live."

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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