Theft rate up in city for 2012

February 13, 2013

The number of calls for service for Granbury Police Department officers dropped in 2012, but one category among the city’s major crimes increased significantly.

Thefts rose from 289 in 2011 to 425 in 2012.

“Because a lot of the theft cases were shoplifting cases, one could make an argument that the economic situation, as well as the unemployment situation, probably played a role in those increases, but I can’t say for certain that is the case here,” GPD Chief of Police Mitch Galvan said.

There were 22,022 calls for police service in 2012. That includes 313 false 911 calls and 963 false alarms.

In all, there were 790 arrests made by Granbury police.

For the third time in the last four years, Granbury had no homicides.

The last homicide in Granbury occurred in October 2011, in the Granbury Regional Juvenile Justice Center.

The number of aggravated assaults in Granbury rose from one in 2011 to three last year. There were a dozen family violence assault cases last year, plus 134 other assaults.

“One of the increases that concerned me was the increase in the total number of assault type cases we had,” Galvan said. “Anytime you see an increase in these type of violence-related crimes it’s a concern because there is no way of pinpointing what is triggering the behavior.”

There were 10 sexual assaults in Granbury last year, compared with 12 in 2011.

The number of arrests for possession of a controlled substance increased from 37 in 2011 to 57 last year. The total number of drug arrests, including possession of marijuana, spiked to 96 – compared with 60 in 2011.

“Our drug cases and arrests increased as well, and I believe that is due to our increased efforts to find the people with the drugs and putting them in jail,” Galvan said. “The number of fraud/forgery cases went down, while everything else pretty much stayed consistent with 2011.”

Granbury had 42 cases of forgery/fraud last year, after having 65 in 2011.

For the third consecutive year, Granbury had one robbery.

After a drop in burglaries in 2011, when there were 74, Granbury had 98 last year. In 2010, there was an increase in burglaries, with 131.

There were eight vehicle thefts in Granbury for the second year in a row. There were no kidnapping cases in the city, while there was one arson.

Granbury’s trend for DWI and DUI arrests remained relatively low, with 68. There were 60 in 2011, which was down from 90 the previous year.

Police officers worked 737 vehicle accidents within the city in 2012, compared with 736 in 2011 and 821 the year before that.

There was one fatality accident in the city, after three the year before.

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