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February 5, 2013

Madison Heights Police Department releases 2012 numbers

Some severe crimes up, but most crimes down

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

MADISON HEIGHTS — Last year, crime in Madison Heights dropped in nearly all categories. However, numbers jumped a bit in a few severe categories.

One such category was murder: 2012 had one, while 2011 had none.

Clarence Tariq Hammond III, an officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and a father of two young boys, was killed at age 33 upon returning to his apartment in the 31000 block of Harlo, shot in the head by an unknown suspect while still in the parking lot the night of Jan. 13, 2012, going on Jan. 14.

The case remains unsolved.

“The detective bureau is still following up on leads, investigating it further,” said Madison Heights Police Chief Anthony Roberts. “It’s an extremely important case, so they’re taking it extremely seriously.”

The total number of robberies was also up, from 26 in 2011 to 32 in 2012: an increase of 23 percent. 

There was only one kidnapping in Madison Heights in 2011, but two in 2012.

Otherwise, the crime numbers showed a drop across the board.

The combined figure for criminal sexual conduct dropped from 23 in 2011 to 12 in 2012: a decrease of nearly 48 percent.

Assault and battery, including domestics (non-aggravated), dropped from 186 incidents in 2011 to 182 incidents in 2012.

Aggravated felonious assault dropped even more substantially, from 42 incidents in 2011 to 26 incidents in 2012: a 38 percent drop.

Breaking and entering fell from 190 incidents in 2011 to 157 incidents in 2012: a drop of 17 percent.

Larceny from buildings also fell from 52 in 2011 to 27 in 2012: a 48 percent drop. Larceny from auto, of auto, and areas outside building dropped, as well, from 768 in 2011 to 459 in 2012: a decrease of 40 percent.

Finally, motor theft saw a decrease of 12 percent, from 162 vehicles stolen in 2011 to 142 vehicles stolen in 2012.

“At one point during the year, we were having some Dodges and Jeeps stolen, and we actually received information from some citizens who had observed suspicious activity, and we responded, ultimately arresting several individuals,” Roberts said.

“They tend to operate in crews like that,” he added. “Our department, in conjunction with other departments, made several such arrests, so I’d say that has something to do with the lower number of vehicle thefts.”

Overall, incidents went up, from 17,890 in 2011 to 18,593: a nearly 4 percent increase. In terms of arrests made, the number rose from 975 in 2011 to 1,001 in 2012.

Roberts feels the reserves played a role in helping to deter home break-ins, larcenies from auto and other thefts.

“We have the reserves that patrol the neighborhoods and do vacation checks, so if someone is out of town, they’ll check on their residence,” Roberts said.

School safety has been another priority for the MHPD.

“Since the incident at Sandy Hook, we have begun to meet with local high schools regarding safety,” Roberts said. “So far, we’ve met with one high school, discussed their policies and procedures, and they’ve taken ideas stemming from our meeting back to their administration for review. We continue to work with that high school.”

The plan is for the department to ultimately meet with all three area high schools.

Residents, he said, can continue to help the MHPD by remaining vigilant.

“We’ve had several cases where residents observed suspects committing crimes or involved in suspicious activity, and they contacted us, resulting in arrests,” Roberts said. “They are helping us by staying involved with the Police department.”

Residents can contact Madison Heights detectives at (248) 585-2100.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.