Interested in Lowell Police?

All the information you could ever want, and probably 30 or 40 pages more, are all available now that the department’s 2011 annual report is out.

You can download a .pdf file of the report by clicking here.

I’m only just now starting to peruse it myself, but perhaps most interesting are the NIBRS crime stats that you’ll find starting on page 7. Crime is down a lot in 2011, compared to 2010, much as I reported based on different data back in January.

A few examples: motor vehicle theft is down 39 percent; robbery is down 12 percent; simple assaults are down 12 percent; and vandalism is down 16 percent.

Some areas that aren’t so bright?

Burglary remained fairly static, with a 2 percent increase. Arson was up 22 percent, and theft of motor vehicle parts was up 20 percent. Remember when people were stealing tire rims from all over the city? Credit card fraud was up 33 percent, so keep an eye on the your credit and debit cards.

Two categories of crime that are driven more by arrests, and not necessarily their prevalence in the city are drugs and prostitution. If the cops turned a blind eye, there would be no arrests for either all year.

Prostitution arrests increased by 82 percent last year, and drug arrests were down by 3 percent.

On the alcohol front, since that’s been in the news, drunken driving arrests increased by 40 percent, and liquor law violations were up by 26 percent.

There was also a 27 percent decline in gang-related crimes.

I’ll be going through the report and pulling some stories out of it over the next few days, but there are many, many more details in it if any of these stats interest you. I encourage you all to download it and discuss it here in the comments. Let me know what concerns you. What you like? What you doubt.

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