Serious crime in Kingston is up 6 percent in Kingston, oh my! While everyone is ready to attack the police chief and talk about him "giving excuses" as one person put it, Chief Keller is a stand up guy and his department is doing a great job getting the skells off the street and cleaning up midtown Kingston.
The FBI statistics, this report that comes out once a year that the Freeman reports on is not really an accurate way to look at the crime rate. For one, it does not take into account drug crimes or quality of life crimes, it also puts petty larceny in the same category as a homicide or a rape. Which really was the attributing factor in why the numbers went up, you had a kid that committed a slew of robberies in early 2009. Rape went down by about 400% as opposed to last year btw.
And lets look at the numbers:
• 122 burglaries, up from 116 in 2008.
• Two rapes, down from five.
• 26 assaults, up from 17.
• 510 larcenies, the same number as in 2008.
• 30 motor vehicle thefts, up from 22.
These are not big increases and while we can always do better, Kingston still remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. I applaud Chief Keller and the entire Kingston Police Department for their handwork in keeping everyone safe.