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Iowa City Police see more crimes, fewer calls in 2009

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Crime is on the rise in Iowa City, but the number of calls to police is down.

Iowa City Police released its annual report for 2009 Thursday.  The report shows a total of 4,386 crimes in the past year.  The largest categories included destruction of property, simple assault, burglary, shoplifting, theft, and drugs.  The 2009 total compares to the '08 total of 3,993, the '07 total of 4,196 and the '05 total of 3,409.

Despite there being more crimes last year, police report a 5.25% drop in calls for service from 2008 numbers.  Iowa City Police responded to 67,609 calls in 2009.  The number of reports taken also fell.  Police took 8,109 reports in 2009, a 3% decrease from the year before.

Additional statistics for 2009:

Arrests: 6,434, up slightly from 2008
Traffic citations: 4,460, down 5.25%
Parking tickets: 8,340, down from 11,041 in '08
Wire fraud: 58, up from 24 in 2008.  None '05-'07
Motor vehicle theft: 86, up from 65 in 2008
Shoplifting: 329, up from 191 in 2008
Murder: 1, down from 3 in 2008.  None '05-'07
Officer training: more than 6,000 hours

Online Producer: Mike Verlo
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