Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land decreased 25 percent last year, and violent crimes were down 40 percent, according to the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2011 Annual Report.
Since 2009, Part 1 crimes have dropped 27 percent. Part 1 crimes include assault, auto theft, burglary, homicide, theft, robbery and auto burglary.
Sugar Land’s Part 1 crime rate in 2011 was 17.95 per capita, down from 23.89 in 2010, which was almost half the state’s rate of 42.33 and well below the national average of 33.46. State and national crime rate data is not yet available for 2011.
Since 2007, investigative clearance rates have improved by 21 percent.
Average response time to emergency calls in 2011 was 2:56, down from
3:05 in 2010, 4:42 in 2009 and 4:54 in 2008.
An area of focus during 2011 included non-violent crime categories, including shoplifting and vehicle burglaries.
• Robberies decreased from 60 (many of which were shoplifting incidents) to 29.
• Burglaries decreased from 236 to 221. There was no forced entry in 26 percent of all burglaries; doors were unlocked.
• There were 204 fewer thefts during 2011, of which 42 percent involved shoplifting.
• Vehicle burglaries were down 30 percent. The majority of these crimes occurred at 24 hour Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, Eldridge Park, Bally’s Fitness, First Colony Mall and LA Fitness.
Police initiatives implemented to address property crimes included a partnership with retail districts and neighborhoods to encourage the use of cameras for security purposes. SLPD also utilized a special task force that focuses exclusively on vehicle burglaries, shopper safety and public education.
Additional resources focused on the distribution of crime data through direct communications with homeowner associations, SLtv 16, e-policing and the Crime Prevention Division.
“We are committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships,” said Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley, who credits a strong police presence and active citizens for Sugar Land’s low crime rate. “It’s important for us to stay connected to the community, which enables us to work together to create a safe environment to live and work.”
Police visibility, overtime initiatives and regional partnerships contributed to the department’s goal of ensuring Sugar Land remains one of the “Safest Cities in America.”