Crime and calls up in Wilton
A more than twofold spike in larcenies boosted the crime rate in Wilton during 2017, according to the police department’s annual report. There were 125 larcenies last year, compared to 50 in 2016, and 57 the year before. These, the report says, can be attributed in large part to thefts from motor vehicles, something that is being experienced statewide. Wilton police received 45 reports of thefts from motor vehicles, a 96% increase from the previous year.
Overall, there were 252 offenses classified as “crimes against property” according to preliminary data for 2017, up sharply from 155 in 2016 and 113 in 2015.
The bulk of the calls, 41%, were motor vehicle investigations, according to the report. Criminal investigations made up 8% of the pie. Alarms made up 10%, EMS calls accounted for 7%, and an assortment of other services, such as vehicle lockouts and permits, made up the remainder, at 34%.
There were 19 narcotics crimes, down from 26 the year before.
The department counted one case of prostitution, up from zero the previous year, and three weapons violations, down from five the years before, for a total of 23 crimes against society, down from 31 in 2016.
In 2017 the department was involved in 184 incidents that resulted in the arrest of 159 offenders, with some offenders arrested for multiple incidents.
Also in 2017, the department made a total of 30 arrests for drug-related charges. In addition, 61 tickets were issued for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, or possession of marijuana paraphernalia like pipes and rolling papers.
There were 100 domestic incidents, including 37 cases of family violence, fairly the same as the year before. The bulk of the violent cases were incidents of dating violence, at 20, according to the report. There were eight cases of spousal incidents, including two in which children were present or involved, and four in which alcohol or drugs were involved.
There were seven parent/child incidents, including two in which alcohol or drugs were involved.
There was one case involving siblings, which involved alcohol or drugs.
Of the cases of violence, there were nine cases of assault, four of strangulation, three of stalking, and five violations of a protective order.
In 2017, police made 5,224 traffic stops, 900 of which were the result of strategic enforcement related to citizen complaints, in areas of frequent crashes, and grants related to distracted driving, seat belt enforcement, and DUI.
The number of stops in 2017 was down from a five-year high of 6,280 in 2016.
Last year, police made 43 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. That is down from 58 in 2016, and a five-year high of 67 in 2015.
Of the 5,224 traffic stops made, the vast majority of motorists were white males — 2,803. White motorists accounted for 84.42% of the stops, blacks 10.36%, Indians 2.58%, and Asians 2.64%.
Officers used force in 10 incidents, down from the year before, when there were 11. Seven of the incidents involved male subjects ranging in age from 13 to 55. Eight of the subjects were white, one was black, and one was Asian.
Four incidents when force was used involved police pointing a gun at a subject.
In five incidents, the subject was in possession of or had recently used an instrument as a weapon. These included a firearm, knife, saliva, vehicle, and cell phone.