"We are cautiously optimistic that we can either continue this pattern or at least keep the serious crime near it's current level."
- Kingston Police Chief Keller
Crime continues to plummet in Kingston under the leadership of Kingston Mayor Jim Sottile and Kingston police chief Jerry Keller.
There were 264 reports of serious crimes in Kingston between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2008, a decrease of 28.8 percent from the same period in 2007, when there were 371 serious crimes reported.
Obviously, Chief Keller and everyone else would like the numbers to be lower, but a 28% decrease shows how serious the current administration and the Kingston Police Department are handling crime in Kingston.
I think Sheriff Paul Van Blarum, Lt. Tim Matthews and URGENT also deserve a good deal of credit for this, it's a team effort.
* There were no homicides in the first half of 2008 in Kingston, compared to one during the first half of 2007.
* There were three rape reports in the first half of each year.
* Reported burglaries fell from 63 in the first half of 2007 to 45 in the first half of this year.
* Robbery reports dropped from 23 to 15.
* Aggravated assault reports declined from 12 to six.
* Reported larcenies decreased from 254 in the first of 2007 to 183 in the same period this year.
* Reports of vehicle thefts fell from 15 to 12.