Great Lakes Crossings was fun and safe for holiday shopping

Holiday shopping season is over for 2014.  Every year we plan how we will assist the retailers and the guests of our shopping district to have an enjoyable and safe time while in our town.  So we like to take a look at last year and compare to this year to see the impacts of all our planning.  Overall it seems that the calls for service were about the same (2.5% decrease) although there was 1 more shopping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We had no violent crime at all except when a person who was selling jewelry without permission inside the mall had an item grabbed out of his hand.
Technically that is a robbery.

When you consider that we had thousands of visitors  to the 185 stores over a 32 day period, I think we can say that we didn’t have a high level of crime.  We do have officers posted on site largely to help manage traffic and assist people as needed without impacting the needs of the rest of the city residents.

The good news is that the Sea Life Aquarium will be opening later this month.  I haven’t seen it yet but I hear it is really great and the only one of its kind in this region of the US.  You’ll want to see it.

 

BREAKDOWN OF INCIDENT TYPES FOR THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON IN DISTRICT 4                                                                                                          COMPARISON OF 2013 AND 2014
OFFENSE 2013 2014 PERCENTAGE CHANGE
ALARM 30 29 3.33% DECREASE
ASSAULTS 2 5 150% INCREASE
CCW 1 0 100% DECREASE
CRASHES 71 66 7% DECREASE
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY 2 0 100% DECREASE
DRUGS 0 2 100% INCREASE
EMBEZZLEMENT 6 2 67% DECREASE
FORGERY 2 2 NO CHANGE
FRAUD 5 14 180% INCREASE
INTIMIDATION 0 0 NO CHANGE
LARCENY OTHER 1 1 NO CHANGE
LARCENY FROM VEHICLE 3 1 67% DECREASE
LARCENY IN BUILDING 12 10 17% DECREASE
LARCENY-AUTO PARTS 4 0 100% DECREASE
LIQUOR LAW VIOLATION 1 1 NO CHANGE
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT 1 0 100% DECREASE
*OTHER (non-criminal service calls, see information below chart) 228 227 .4 DECREASE
Oper Under Influence of Drugs 1 0 100% DECREASE
RETAIL FRAUD EXCHANGE 1 0 100% DECREASE
RETAIL FRAUD 1ST DEGREE 5 3 40% DECREASE
RETAIL FRAUD 2ND DEGREE 4 7 75% INCREASE
RETAIL FRAUD 3RD DEGREE 10 12 20% INCREASE
ROBBERY-STRONG ARM 1 1 NO CHANGE
STOLEN PROPERTY 1 0 100% DECREASE
SUSPICIOUS SITUATION 3 2 33.3% DECREASE
TRESPASSING 1 0 100% DECREASE
WARRANT ARREST 1 3 200% INCREASE
WEAPONS OFFENSE 1 0 100% DECREASE
 TOTALS 398 388 2.5% DECREASE

Of the total calls for service, 64 (16%) were of a criminal nature, 66 (17%) were traffic crashes, and 227 (84%) were non-criminal service/related cases.

*Some of the most common non-criminal/service related calls included the following:

  • Assist Citizen (41).
  • Traffic Stop (27).
  • Assist Security (16).
  • Traffic Complaint (16).
  • Assist Fire Department (11).
  • Civil Matters (9).
  • Public Relations (9).
  • Assist Motorist (7).
  • Welfare Check (6).
  • Customer Trouble (5).
  • 911 Hang-up (5).
  • Lost Property (3).
  • Vehicle Fire (2).
  • Found Property (1).

The number of calls for service that were of criminal nature increased by 6.6% in 2014 from 2013.  Overall, calls for service in District 4 in 2014 decreased by 2.5%.

SUMMARY

There were no high profile negative events that occurred during the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season.  The opening time of the mall on Thanksgiving Day and the scattered approach to sales helped prevent any large rush of shoppers in the opening hours of the shopping season.  The parking lot at mall did not start getting busy until approximately 2130 hours on November 27th.  Some of the larger stores at the mall did not open until Friday, November 28th.

Overall, the vast majority of our calls for service (227 calls/84%) were not of a criminal nature and were service related.

Traffic crashes were down 7% from 2013.