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NORTH S.L. CRIME REPORT FILINGS JUMPED IN ’89

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Police Chief L. Val Wilson says his department had 988 more written crime reports filed last year than the year before, an increase of nearly 100 percent.

Total office actions for 1989 totaled 14,662 for the seven-man police force, up from only 10,272 the previous year, and arrests totaled 209, up from the previous year's 188, Wilson recently told the City Council.Citations - traffic tickets - issued in 1989 totaled 2,320, up from 2,256 in 1988 and total warnings more than doubled, from 202 in 1988 to 506 in 1989.

All alarms, including burglary, fire and hold-up alarms, totaled 355 for last year, up from 268 the previous year and civil and domestic problems rose from 268 in 1988 to 290 in 1989.

Wilson reported there were 39 actual burglary cases reported, down from 56 the previous year; 195 larceny cases, down from 213 in 1988; and 194 personal injury accidents, down from 240 the year before.

"Our police personnel are spread pretty thin in the city, with only seven of us in the department - the same number we had 10 years ago. We've a lot more businesses now, more people and more roads to patrol.

"I'd like to get two more police officers in the next fiscal budget that starts July 1," Wilson said. "They way things are now, we are straining our officers to do a good, thorough job of patrolling the city and two more officers would help not only the department's morale but its ability to serve the public."