Troy’s Crime Rate Continues to Decrease

Troy’s already low violent crime rate dropped for the second year in a row, according to recently released FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics. Troy experienced a drop of 4.3 percent in violent crimes and other serious offenses, known as “Group A Crimes,” and an overall drop in crime of 2.7 percent in 2017.

Notable changes include a 14.6 percent decrease in assaults, a 9.6 percent decrease in vandalism, a 6.2 percent decrease in larcenies, and a 60 percent decrease in robbery. In 2017, there were no homicides in Troy.

In fact, there were no homicides, kidnappings or abductions, or cases of human trafficking in the city last year.

“We owe our continued low crime rate to the efforts of our community, along with the hard work of our police officers,” said Chief Gary Mayer. “Troy continues to be an extremely safe place to live, work or visit.”

Increases in incidents were seen in some categories such as prostitution offenses and forcible sex offenses. While both of these categories are comprised of relatively few total incidents, the increase may warrant additional consideration.

For forcible sex offenses, 25 incidents were reported in 2017 versus 14 in 2016. This statistic may reflect a societal movement of increased reporting of sex offenses. “We are glad that victims are coming forward and trust us to seek justice on their behalf,” said Mayer. “We have skilled detectives working in this area and boast of a very high clearance rate for sex crimes.”

Troy has an 88.9 percent clearance rate for forcible sex offenses, while nationwide data suggests that a 40 percent clearance rate is the average. As for prostitution offenses, Troy police officers arrested 10 individuals as opposed to two in 2016. “In response to community concerns and tips from multiples sources, we have placed a high priority on investigating prostitution operations masquerading as legitimate businesses,” said Mayer referring to several massage parlor investigations.

Drunk driving arrests remained nearly static with 302 arrests made in 2017 versus 304 in 2016.

That’s not to say there’s no crime on our books, but with two mega malls in the city, crime trends heavily to retail fraud. Those offices buildings also give thieves the chance to try your vehicle’s door handles. Unlocked vehicles, even in your own driveway, are tempting to thieves.

Identity theft is also a problem all over the country, all over the world. Unless you’re headed to Canada or the airport for a foreign vacation, there is no reason to have your passport on your person or in your car. They now contain a lot of encoded information you don’t see but a thief would love to get their hands on. And, unless you’re headed to the hospital and have never been there, you don’t need your social security card on you either. Just memorize the last four digits of your social security number – that’s all a company needs for identification in a transaction.