The Roseville Police Department reported decreases in several crimes in 2020 compared to 2019, and rises in a few areas, such as assault and criminal sexual conduct reports.

The Roseville Police Department reported decreases in several crimes in 2020 compared to 2019, and rises in a few areas, such as assault and criminal sexual conduct reports.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Eastpointe, Roseville police share crime stats for 2020

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 25, 2021

 Eastpointe saw several improvements in its crime rates and policing in 2020, with a few areas they said they need to improve upon.

Eastpointe saw several improvements in its crime rates and policing in 2020, with a few areas they said they need to improve upon.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With 2020 finally at a close, both the Eastpointe and Roseville police departments are looking back on the past year and giving residents a status update regarding crime statistics in the communities.

 

Eastpointe
Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib reported an overall drop in crime and in calls for service in 2020 compared to 2019.

“One of the most consistent complaints from our residents are speeding cars and other hazardous moving violations in the subdivisions,” he said in an email. “We have been conducting special enforcement assignments and have written hundreds of citations. In 2020, the department issued 12,090 traffic violations; 1,516 arrests; and 23,728 calls for service. In 2019, we had 26,118 calls for service.”

There were three more murders investigated by the Eastpointe police in 2020, rising from three to six. Sexual assault numbers went down from 34 cases to 32, while Rouhib said other criminal sexual conduct numbers also decreased. There were 39 robbery cases in 2020 compared to 37 from 2019, and 110 cases of breaking and entering compared to 169 the previous year. Larceny cases decreased from 478 to 353, while vehicle thefts increased from 113 to 154. There was a slight rise in assault cases, increasing from 630 to 657.

Heading into 2021, Rouhib said his department is looking at forming a specific Traffic Division.

“Our goal for 2021 is to create a Traffic Division where officers can specifically focus on enforcement in the residential areas, school zones and areas where there is an inordinate amount of vehicle accidents,” Rouhib wrote. “The officers will be specially trained in motor carrier enforcement and will investigate all serious and fatal accidents. They will also educate our public on driver safety.”

He also lauded several achievements from the past year, including creating a narcotics unit, assigning an officer to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad, purchasing new body cameras and replacing vehicle cameras, implementing a motorcycle patrol unit, creating a special response team, and filling eight vacancies in the department.

“No matter what the crime statistics depict, there is always room for improvement,” he wrote. “Many property crimes can be reduced by continually educating our public on how to avoid certain crimes. For example, we repeatedly ask our residents to lock their car doors, turn on their porch lights at night, bring in their packages on the porch and to invest in cameras. In respect to crimes against persons, these are difficult to control. People have to learn how to deal with conflict. Many people are turning towards their weapons instead of using reason. They do not realize the repercussions of their actions. I believe our Neighborhood Watch Program has had a significant impact on the reduction in property crimes. We are now receiving many calls from our citizens when they have a ‘gut feeling’ that something is not right. In addition, they are investing in cameras. Our department is solving many crimes because our residents are sharing their videos with us.”

Rouhib added that he didn’t believe COVID-19 made a significant impact on crime in Eastpointe.

“In regards to COVID, I do not believe it has affected our crime rates based on the comparisons with other years,” he wrote. “COVID may have played a role in the reduction in home invasions since most of our residents remained indoors for weeks at a time.”

 

Roseville
Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe said there was an overall drop in crime in Roseville.

“We have seen a reduction in every crime statistic in 2020 compared to 2019 except CSC — criminal sexual conduct. This was only a small increase and many of our reports were belated,” he said. “The reports were made in 2020, but many of the incidents happened years before. Some of these were adults reporting things that happened to them decades ago. So even this statistical rise isn’t a true account of what happened in 2020. We have several thousand less calls for service in 2020, as well.”

The Roseville Police Department reported 29,727 calls for service in 2020, compared to 32,252 calls in 2019. There were five murders investigated by the department in 2020, which was more than the two from the previous year. There were 60 counts of varying categories of criminal sexual conduct, which was compared to 48 in 2019.

There were 28 cases of robbery in 2020, compared to 41 in the previous year. There were 636 cases of non-aggravated assault and 125 cases of aggravated assault in 2020 compared to 662 and 97 in 2019, respectively. 2020 saw 116 motor vehicle thefts, which was down from 225 in the previous year, and 1,565 motor vehicle crashes, which was down from 1,943. Larcenies also were reduced since the previous year from 305 to 279, and burglaries were reduced from 124 to 108.

Monroe believes that COVID-19 did impact crime in odd ways, since it meant more people staying home and businesses being closed.

“COVID is clearly a major reason for this reduction. Businesses being closed significantly reduces certain calls for service,” he said. “For example: fewer retail frauds happen when businesses are closed; no bar fights if bars are closed; it meant fewer people were driving, so traffic violations and accidents went down, etc.”

While COVID-19 also meant additional difficulties, Monroe said he was pleased with how his department was able to respond.

“I am proud of how our officers adapted to all the various changes related to COVID,” he remarked. “They risked their health daily to provide our residents with the best service possible.”

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