Seguin Police Department announces Jan. 2018 – June 2018 crime rate decrease of 20.9%
SEGUIN – The Seguin Police Department, as part of its semi-annual crime rate analysis, announced that during the first half of 2018, the Seguin UCR (FBI Uniform Crime Report) crime rate has decreased an unprecedented 20.9% (per 100,000 population). UCR is the standard crime reporting and collection method for law enforcement across the nation to both submit and analyze local crime statistics to the federal government.
Though most law enforcement agencies only report their crimes annually in December, the Seguin Police Department’s philosophy is to analyze the local crime rate bi-annually. According to Chief Kevin Kelso, “This allows us to be proactive throughout the year and use our data to focus on specific challenging areas of crimes as well as recent crime trends, rather than simply gathering yearly data and reporting it to the FBI. Law enforcement is much more effective evaluating crime stats mid-year and adjusting their crime fighting and crime prevention strategies rather than simply reporting on them at years end.”
It is important to note that there was a large decrease in the number of reported rapes, burglaries and thefts. The number of crimes reported in these categories decreased drastically the first six months of this year. In 2018, with decreases in reported crimes in the mentioned categories, 14, 65, and 79 respectively, it caused a noticeable decrease in the crime rate for the first half of this year.
With the arrival of Chief Kelso ten years ago as the new Seguin Police Department Chief of Police, a significant shift in policing strategy was implemented, including community-oriented policing, problem-oriented policing, and most recently, a renewed focus on SPD social media and external communications.
If the Seguin crime rate remains somewhat on pace, there will be a 48.7% decrease from 2008 to 2018 (last 10 years), in the UCR rate under the current Seguin Police Department administration. This is largely credited to the hard work and dedication of the Seguin Police Officers, proactive policing philosophies, a unique approach of organizational transparency, and a positive, very active partnership with the Seguin community. ###