Crime in town up slightly in 2016

Crime in town up slightly in 2016

Biggest jump in cases related to auto theft

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Crime in town was up by 4 percent in 2016, according to officials from the North Providence Police Department, but they say there’s little reason for concern from the latest numbers.

North Providence saw 1,028 total crime incidents in 2016, up 41 overall from the 987 incidents in 2015, according to statistics provided to The Breeze.

Deputy Chief Charles Davey said the main categories that saw a jump were crimes targeting vehicles, with thefts from vehicles up by 20 incidents from 2015 to 2016, theft of vehicles up eight incidents from year to year, and theft of motor vehicle parts up by six incidents in 2016.

Those 34 incidents account for most of the overall 41 additional incidents reported in 2016, said Davey.

North Providence police aren’t sure exactly why there are more incidents related to autos. They’ve urged residents to be vigilant and report when they see suspicious activity in neighborhoods. Locking cars also helps cut down on such incidents.

Overall, said Davey, the town remains fairly quiet on the crime front.

“That’s the way we like it,” he said.

Though crime was up slightly in 2016, it’s still down sharply from five years ago. The town saw 1,225 total crime incidents in 2012, 1,218 incidents in 2013 and 1,072 incidents in 2012. The town is down 197 incidents from 2012, or a total five-year decrease of about 19 percent.

Other crime categories that saw an increase in 2016 include counterfeiting, vandalism, and larceny.

The following are North Providence’s crime numbers for 2016 and 2015:

• Aggravated assault – 25 cases in 2016 and 34 cases in 2015.

• All other larceny – 42 cases in 2016 and 38 cases in 2015.

• Arson – Three incidents each year.

• Promoting prostitution – No cases in 2016, one in 2015.

• Burglary breaking and entering – 82 incidents in 2016 compared to 95 cases in 2015.

• Counterfeiting/forgery – 11 incidents in 2016 compared to seven incidents in 2015.

• Credit card/auto teller – 20 incidents in 2016 compared to 18 incidents 2015.

• Destruction/damage/vandalism – 191 incidents in 2016 compared to 169 cases in 2015.

• Drug/narcotic violations – 78 in 2016 compared to 85 cases in 2015.

• Embezzlement – Three incidents in 2016 compared to eight cases in 2015.

• Extortion/blackmail – One incident in 2016 compared to no incidents in 2015.

• False pretenses/swindling – 50 incidents in 2016 compare to 26 cases in 2015.

• Forcible fondling – Six incidents in 2016 compared to two cases in 2015.

• Forcible rape – Nine incidents each year.

• Impersonation – Two incidents in 2016 compared to six incidents in 2015.

• Intimidation – 14 incidents in 2016 compared to 16 incidents in 2015.

• Kidnapping/abduction – Four incidents in 2016 compared to three incidents in 2015.

• Murder/non-negligent manslaughter – One incident each year.

• Operating/promoting/assisting with a murder – No incidents either year.

• Pocket-picking – One incident in 2016 compared to no incidents in 2015.

• Pornography/obscene material – One incident in 2016 and no incidents in 2015.

• Purse snatching – No incidents either year.

• Robbery – Six incidents in 2016 compared to three incidents in 2015.

• Sexual assault with an object – Three incidents in 2016 compared to one incident in 2015.

• Shoplifting – 59 incidents in 2016 compared to 71 incidents in 2015.

• Simple assault – 171 incidents in 2016 compared to 180 incidents in 2015.

• Statutory rape – One incident in 2016 and no incidents in 2015.

• Stolen property offenses – Six incidents each year.

• Theft from building – 57 incidents each year.

• Motor vehicle theft – 41 incidents in 2016 compared to 33 incidents in 2015.

• Theft from motor vehicle – 68 incidents in 2016 compared to 48 incidents in 2015.

• Theft of motor vehicle parts – 55 incidents in 2016 compared to 49 incidents in 2015.

• Weapons law violations – 14 incidents in 2016 and 17 incidents in 2015.

• Welfare fraud – No cases either year.

• Wire fraud – Three cases in 2016 and none in 2015.