Crime Drops In Normal

May 11, 2017

Crime rates continue to slow in the town of Normal.
Credit Staff / WGLT

The police chief in Normal said he's pleased with crime trends.

Rick Bleichner said so-called index crimes reported to the FBI declined modestly while the overall crime rate was down 8 percent last year.

"I think in looking at the five-year average it was the second lowest only following 2013. And it was pretty comparable. It was a little higher, but we're talking 40 or 50 crimes, not hundreds of crimes," said Bleichner.

In one way, the drop is surprising. Bleichner said 2016 started off with a spike in vehicle burglaries.

"We kind of looked at it to determine where we could make differences. We found that 97 percent of the vehicle burglaries that happened were unlocked vehicles. So, we tried to educate people on those," said Bleichner.

Burglary crimes ended up dropping sharply for the year.

Bleichner said police react to crime trends, but prevention and education might have lingering benefits.

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