Thursday, January 04, 2007

Stowe crime in 2006

A cellular telephone is lost on the Stowe Recreation Path. A motorist is charged with drunken driving along Route 100. A loose dog wanders onto someone’s property and is impounded.

The Stowe Police Department handled these and many other incidents last year, 4,863 incidents in all. That’s an average of just over 13 incidents per day.

Most incident categories are at the same levels as in previous years, said Stowe Police Chief Ken Kaplan.

The most noticeable change in 2006 involved a handful of high-profile, “brazen” drug rings in the area, Kaplan said.

In November, Stowe police and officers from several other agencies raided a house off Sylvan Park Road in Stowe, arresting six people and seizing guns, cash and cocaine.

The presence of drug rings in the Stowe area has fueled other criminal activity, too.

“There are so many druggies running around now — heroin is so prevalent throughout the county,” Kaplan said. “A lot of little break-ins happen so they can sell it and get a hit of heroin.”

Here’s a look at some of the top incident categories of 2006, and how many local police responded to from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31:

• Animal problems: 394

• Lost or found property: 194

• Thefts: 190

• Car accidents: 188

• Frauds: 183

• DUIs: 98

• Vandalism: 43

• Burglaries: 34

• Possessing drugs: 34

• Fire calls: 30

• Assaults: 15

• Forgeries: 13

• Thefts (vehicles): 6

• Embezzlements: 4

• Lewd conduct: 3

Police also handle many service calls, such as house alarms, and complaints or questions from residents.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaplan is starting to sound like Kojack. Who says "a hit of heroin".

Why is most of our police force fat old and white?

1/15/2007 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all that "crime" going on and a financial crunch it's a wonder that three of your town's seven patrolman and their police SUVs were all along a 3/4 mile stretch of Moscow Road last Sunday ticketing departing skiers from Stowe.

I received a ticket despite being in a line of traffic and I was not speeding (I know, that's what they all say) because I know there is a speed trap there and ALWAYS drive slow through that section. After spending $1000 in Stowe over several days this is the thanks I get. From now on my family will ski in NH. Someone tell the idiots on your police force they are cutting off their nose to spite their face.

Someone else will surely take my place but it is a lousy way to treat your guests.

2/26/2007 02:32:00 PM  

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