Raleigh police chief discusses crime stats
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson discusses the city's crime statistics for July through September.
as stated, this is something that I would like to continue to do. One of the things that I have repeatedly expressed as the new chief is my desire to make Raleigh the safest city in this country. I believe that one of the ways that we can accomplish this is by RPG being more open and transparent and partnering with the media to provide timely and relevant information to the community. I firmly believe that the community is aware of our crime challenges, then we can work collaboratively for target response to reduce it. As part of my 100 day plan, I have critically assessed our violent crime within our community and I'm working with my team to devise a strategic intelligence led plan to address it. Today, I'd like to touch on a few crime categories and statistics. I'll begin with homicides During the third quarter of this year, there were 12 murders. The 12 is an increase over the nine incidents that we had in the third quarter of 2020 And also an increase of the third quarter in 2019 where there were four. I believe what we are experiencing with homicides unfortunately is part of a disturbing national trend Based on increases in gun violence that is leading two lives being lost. Of the 12 murders. In the third quarter, four were at nightclubs, bars and clubs and sweep safe locations. Which has prompted us to look more closely at the activity at these locations and the kind of people that are attending them. one of the homicides was DV related and six the suspects and the victims were known to each other And although 12 lives were senselessly lost in these instances, I am happy to report that due to the extremely exceptional work by a homicide unit With the help of the community, 11 of the 12 resulted in suspects being arrested in case is made on them. I want to be clear to those who are, listen to me, listening to me today that we are intent on coming after you. If you commit violent crime in our city, we're not tolerant of it, we're not accepting of it robberies. I'm happy to share that. We have seen a reduction in the number of robberies from person compared to the third quarter of both 2020 and 2019. In the third quarter, there were 105 In 2020, there were 125 And in 2019 there were 128 aggravated assaults, just as with homicides. The number of aggravated assaults have trended up while aggravated assaults include stabbings and other incidents involving blunt objects. We are seeing an uptick in firearms being used to commit these assaults. In the third quarter of this year, there were 284 reported aggravated assaults up from 257 in 2020 And 239 and 2019 Of the 284 incidents, 134, a little less than half of them involved a firearm, 68 were DV related involved in individuals who were known to each other 19 involved juveniles who had access to firearms to bring awareness to this growing problem of our Children having guns in their hands. We have been working with Wake County public schools and the Leader programme to discourage our youth from engaging in violence. Also, R. p. d. officers have been working with 46 different elementary schools around the city, speaking with fifth graders about making good life choices and being positive citizens. Although we are engaging our young people, we need more help in this area. I'm asking community groups to partner with RPG to provide gun awareness and anger management training for our youth. Those are the violent crime categories. I believe that our most urgent and I'd like to share my plan on what we are doing and what we will be working on to combat them As we move into the 4th quarter And into 2022. My plans involve firstly increasing high visibility patrols in areas where we are experiencing repeat calls of violence. Also too, we want to work to install more cameras in these locations that we can have those extra eyes. And I'm working with the major Cities Chief Association and other private groups to acquire more cameras also to we're gonna be focusing heavily on priority offenders and those who are victimizing members of the public. I will also be working very closely with other law enforcement agencies, particularly our federal partners and the D. A. S. Office for enhanced charges and sentences for violent offenders. Additionally, we will continue to work with our community leaders and our neighborhoods. That is an important aspect of reducing crime. The community must be involved And of course we continue to encourage members of the public to crime to contact crime stoppers if you know anything about what is occurring. And again that number is (919) 834 43 57. Turning to property crimes. I want to highlight two in particular where we have seen some increases. They are vehicle thefts and items being stolen from vehicles with respect to vehicle theft. So we experienced an increase in the third quarter of this year. Over the third quarter of last year, we had 307 incidents this year compared to 273 at the same time last year. And in 2015 there were 215. Now these steps were fairly distributed throughout the city, which is goes to point out that there is no part of the city that is exempt from cars being stolen or broken into. While 307 cars were stolen in Raleigh in the third quarter, a total of 375 were recovered. This number does reflect cars that are still in outside of our jurisdiction that we're able to find here in Raleigh one of our patrol districts. I want to highlight that have done a particular, a particularly great job and been very instrumental in finding when recovering these vehicles has been our Southeast Division. I cannot encourage it enough, especially as the temperatures begin to dip, please do not leave your car unattended. Don't leave them running. Please do not leave spare keys or fobs within the vehicle. Please do not leave your car's items in your car that are unsecured and in plain sight Turning to thefts from vehicles. These incidents have been consistent, a consistent trend that we have seen over the past couple of years. So in the third quarter of 2021, we have 661 incidents of thefts from vehicles and 79 of those instances, guns were taken. In third quarter of 2020, there were 662 with 67 firearms stolen And in 2019 there were 672 incidents with 43 firearms taken. So we're seeing this uptick and firearms being stolen from vehicles. Before I conclude, I just want to highlight some positive work that we have seen in the third quarter, our officers are working tremendously around the clock to make Riley a safe city. And even though we have seen increases in violent crime and vehicle thefts, we're still impacting criminal behavior. In the third quarter, we confiscated 239 illegally possessed firearms and we continue to search high and low to get dangerous weapons off of our streets. We're also addressing speeding and reckless driving through speed reduction campaigns in D Wi checkpoints. We're teaming, teaming up with other police agencies to conduct these campaigns throughout the county. As we open back up for covid, you will see our officers making more traffic stop for those who are speeding in school zones along along with our high traffic corridors where we have seen vehicle fatalities. Additionally, we'll continue our lock it or lose it education campaigns. Finally, we are always seeking, always seeking the public's cooperation and reporting of information related to criminal behavior again. You can report that through crime stoppers that is anonymous. Before I opened it up to question, I'd like to close with a few points in the spirit of transparency that is important to me that I keep the lines of communication open with the public. If we are going to keep Riley safe, we must take a unified approach where we stand and agree together that violence is unacceptable. I'm asking that if you are a non profit, a faith based group or a business that is working to provide alternatives for you, it's a violence that you reach out to us. We want to partner with you on that. Thank you all for joining me today. I have members of my team here with me to answer any questions that you may have related to this crime briefing. You talk about uh, reaching out to youth about anger management and just gone awareness. The majority of the homicides are from gunshot wounds. So is there anything being done proactively to seize guns? Are these guns that are licensed? Are these stolen guns? Where the guns coming from? And how are you may be planning to take them back? Right. So we're interested in guns that are illegally possessed. So if you're carrying a concealed weapon or stolen weapons, those are the ones that were confiscating. Those are the ones that were interested in getting and then making sure to that those weapons haven't been used in other violent crime. Are the aside from unlicensed guns are those happening from stolen guns? Some, some may. And I don't know if Major Anderson has any more information on that. Um, there's been, I think a variety of different guns used in cases. And one of the big things that we do though, when we do confiscate a gun or when we get a gun is to get it tested. To see, we're trying to determine if that particular gun has been in circulation and used in other crimes as well. You say you're increasing your patrols in areas of high crime with violent crime. Tell us where in Raleigh that was our, where the hotspots you can see past few years increasing especially investment clients where you Yes, absolutely. And I'm going to ask major boys he is our major over our control services and he can speak more. Yes, a major rico voice on the field operations commander. We have seen an increase of violent crime in late night establishments along our major corridors, uh, where bars and clubs are open pretty late. So we? Re allocated some resources to those locations to try to be proactive and and stopping, you know, individuals from, uh, that may be in possession of illegal firearms before they even get to that location. So we have increased around like nightclubs, bars, major corridors where we see an increase in traffic, his neighbors. Yeah. For the new clues interest. Well, like the chief said, we've, we've experienced like say crime citywide or whatever. So it's not one particular neighborhood and we're in uh, we're just like, say where the crime is going, where is happening. We're using intelligence to drive our decisions on where we're going And it's more around like a late night establishments where we're focusing our patrol efforts. Actually, My name is Jonah Kaplan from ACC 11. Welcome to Riley. Thank you. What do you want viewers to think about when they hear these numbers when you talk about transparency? How does this, how sharing these numbers achieve transparency? Yes. So it's more than anything is for awareness, Raleigh is a great city in terms of our crime numbers, they're not very high comparative to our population, which is wonderful and we want to keep it that way. But if the public doesn't even know what those numbers are and what are issues are then they don't know what to concentrate or to be more vigilant. Um, my thing is I want to make sure that every member of the public is aware of, where there might be crime occurring incident that happened and then being able to share that information with us. Those who live in the community in the neighborhood, you know better than anybody who's responsible for certain crimes. We want to know who those individuals are. And with our homicide numbers, the clearance rate is so high. It's because community tips have come in and we have gone hard after those offenders wherever they might be hiding somewhere up in boston, somewhere in other counties in north Carolina. We will find them that we can bring them back to rally for justice. You just spoke about the fact that you are going to be allocated us to resources the places more patrols for speeding. Every business in north Carolina is having trouble filling shifts, getting work. Is that a concern for the rally Police department? Are you equipped to be able to do all the things that you want to do? Yes, I think you're spot on that everybody is experiencing shortages to inclusive to include the police department. That's why we look for force multipliers talked about cameras. That is a way to help us to have extra eyes out in our intelligence units. Officers can monitor those cameras so that we can have more people looking at what is going on in the community were. And we are hiring. Thank you for that. And we are constantly hiring. The police department were over 100 officers short right now. Thank you. Thanks. You work. Yeah. Yeah. The 20 guys. What? What And other us little bit of a drink. Will that work? Why? Why? All right. I think it's the residual from Covid. I really do believe that last year because of covid police agencies. Uh huh. We need a Senate officer. That person right there. Uh, No. As I was stating is last year we were kind of hands off. There was less enforcement of it. And so I believe that individuals, we have more people out now. They have guns. They have access to guns. We are getting guns off the street, but we know there's a lot more out there that are being possessed illegally. So I think really it is a continuation of what we faced last year. And if we're not in front of it, if we're not proactive enough is going to continue to increase. Thank So, we're gonna thank you so much. Omar Abdul I realize it's not a crime statistics, but people want to be very curious. So we're not speaking about that right now. If you all have additional questions. Please feel free to email me, Stacey has some crimes the information that the chief discussed today, she has the handouts available for you also that you have. You don't have to try to remember what those numbers are, but go ahead. You know, if you can even hear me, go ahead and email me your additional questions. Ok. And we'll go ahead and get that information to thank you guys so much for coming and we look forward to seeing you at the next quarter's crime statistics briefing. Mhm.