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More crimes, more calls in '12 for sheriff
Mar 31, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Statistics show major crimes and calls for service to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office were higher in 2012 compared to the year before. The Sheriff's Office 2012 year-end report also revealed several other trends.
From 2011 to 2012, major crimes reported in the county climbed 17 percent, from 283 to 330.
The number of larcenies saw the biggest increase in those two years, going from 95 to 134. There were also two criminal homicides reported last year compared to zero reported in 2011, and three rapes were reported in 2012 compared to two in 2011.
Reports of assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts decreased by 6 percent, 33 percent and 33 percent respectively.
Calls for service
Calls for service to the sheriff's office climbed from 8,955 to 9,295.
Calls relating to animals and vehicle identification number inspections were again the most common calls received, though the number of each dropped.
VIN inspections are commonly necessary when registering an out-of-state vehicle.
Deputies responded to a total of 1,953 calls for VIN inspections in 2012, down 452 from 2011. They took 1,047 calls in 2012 about animals regarding their abuse, carcasses, being on the road or other problems, which is 30 fewer than 2011's animal calls.
The number of calls about traffic issues increased by 50 to 728 last year. The total calls from other agencies for assistance increased by 67 to 383.
Last year saw a total of 277 burglary or theft calls, up 66 from 2011, and the number of warrant arrests climbed 15 percent to 242.
Alcohol continued to be a problem in the county in 2012, although a contradictory trend emerged.
Citizens reported 34 more drunk drivers in 2012, up from 218 in 2011, but deputies arrested fewer people for driving under the influence. The sheriff's office made 86 such arrests in 2012, which is 26 fewer than in 2011.
However, deputies made fewer arrests for driving under the influence.
The sheriff's office received more calls for service in 2012, but it made fewer traffic stops and issued fewer citations. The office stopped 3,001 motorists in 2012, about 10 percent less than in 2011, and issued 1,472 citations.
The number of citations for speeding in a 30 mph zone plummeted from 319 in 2011 to 131 in 2012.
Fremont County's detention saw a drop of 115 to 3,772 last year.
The number of juveniles booked at the county lock-up, however, saw a decrease of nearly double the overall drop, meaning the number of adults incarcerated actually climbed.
The number of youths booked at the detention center dropped from 230 in 2011 to only 21 last year, a decrease of 209.
Last year, the county closed the juvenile wing of the detention center. It now keeps youths who commit serious criminal offenses incarcerated in other counties, and handles other offenders in programs outside of incarceration.
Location and time
Riverton led the county in calls for service, followed by Lander and Dubois.
The Riverton division of the sheriff's office averaged nine daytime calls for service and five at night.
The Lander division saw about half the calls for service in 2012 with an average of five during the day and two during the night. Dubois was a distant third, typically receiving two daytime calls and one nighttime call.
Weekdays continue to be busier for sheriff's deputies than the weekend. Weekdays in 2012 averaged a little more than 1,450 calls per day, which was just slightly higher than in 2011.
Weekends typically saw a little more than 1,000 calls in a day; in 2011 deputies took just fewer than 1,000 calls on a weekend day.
The hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. topped the 2012 list for average calls for service per hour.
Those were the 10 busiest hours for the sheriff's office in 2011 as well.