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South Kingstown crime rate down in 2012

June 24, 2013

Overall arrests up; major crime classifications down.

DUI arrests in South Kingstown up from 78 in 2011 to 130 in 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Crime in South Kingstown was down overall in 2012 from the previous year, according to the South Kingstown Police Department’s 2012 annual report.
The recently released report outlines crime and accident statistics, which allows the department to identify crime trends in the community.

“The department is pleased with the statistics provided in our annual report,” Vincent Vespia, chief of police, said in an e-mail.
Police made 996 arrests in 2012, up from 824 in 2011.
The detective division reported offenses known to police in the seven major crime classifications of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, were down to 433 counts in 2012 from 530 in 2011. According to the report, this is the lowest rate of known offenses in these categories of the last six years.
“The reductions are in the categories where you want to realize reductions and the increases are in the areas that improve the quality of life in our community,” Vespia said.
Zero incidents of homicide were reported. The last incident of homicide in South Kingstown was a murder/suicide in Jerusalem that occurred in 2001. Four incidents of rape were reported, down from five in 2011. Of those incidents, one case resulted in an arrest and the case is still pending in the court system, according to the report. Another case went to the grant jury and resulted in an indictment. The two remaining cases were unfounded, the report said.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the Friday, June 21 issue of the Narragansett Times.

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