2006 Tyler Crime Statistics Down

Tyler Police Departments 2006 "Part One" Crimes Statistics are down by 8 % compared to 2005 for the City of Tyler.  "Part One" Crimes are described by the Uniform Crime Reporting System as Homicides, Sexual Assault, Robberies, Aggravated Assault, Residential and Commercial Burglaries, Thefts and Stolen Vehicles.  The police department recorded 429 fewer part one crimes in 2006 compared to 2005.  In 2006 there were 4,866 part one crimes reported which compares to 1976 numbers of 4,790 part one crimes reported. With the continuous population growth in Tyler, Chief Swindle is extremely pleased that we are able to report a decrease in Part One Crimes.

"Part Two" Crime Statistics are defined as simple Assault, Forgery, Fraud, Embezzlement, Criminal Mischief, Weapon Offenses, Prostitution, Sex Offenses, Drug Violations, Family Offenses, DUI, Liquor Violations, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.  "Part Two" Crime totals for 2006 increased by 154 (2.70%) compared to 2005.  The largest percentage increase for 2006 was Embezzlement which increased by (192.59%) or 52 cases.  Family Offense had the second largest increase which was (55.56%) or 10 cases.  In a five year comparison, Part Two Crimes remained flat.

The third part of our 2006 Crime Statistics, are Traffic Crashes in the city of Tyler.  Once again due to the increase in population comes an increase in traffic.  Traffic crashes accounted for (6.6%) of all calls for service received by the police department.  There were 4,187 State Accident Reports filed in 2006, statistics indicate a (7.4%) decrease.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com