The Evanston Police Department reports that crime was down 9 percent in 2013 over last year.
Crimes statistics are based on eight crime areas or index crimes collected by the FBI for the annual Uniform Crime Report. The data collected measures crime rates and fluctuations reported to law enforcement.
Law enforcement agencies representing 95 percent of the U.S. population submit local data voluntarily to the FBI. Total data is used to compare national crime rates.
The crime index includes the categories of homicide, criminal sexual assault, robbery, burglary, aggravated battery and assault, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Evanston reported 1,972 crimes in 2013, a 7.4-percent drop over the 2,130 crimes that were reported during the same time period in 2012.
The following local crime statistics measure the period between January and November 2013 available on the police department’s website.
Three homicides were reported in 2013, compared to two from the same period the year before.
Criminal sexual assaults rose to nine in 2013, compared to five reported in 2012.
Robberies dropped by 10 in 2013 (61) to 71 robberies in 2012.
There were 19 fewer aggravated batteries and assaults (112) in 2013 from the 131 recorded in 2012;
Burglaries clocked in at 337 in 2013, compared to 394 reported the year before;
Thefts dropped from 1,451 in 2012, to 1,372 in 2013.
Motor vehicles thefts increased by 7 in 2013 (67) compared to 60 from the same time period in 2012.
Arson also fell from 16 to to 11 in 2013.
What the statistics don’t show is the human toll such crimes take on crime victims and their families.
The two brothers took over running the family-owned Evanston Pipe and Tobacco Store at 923 Davis St. after their father needed a wheelchair. Both were remembered by family members as “gentle humble men.”
Their IDs and a small .22 caliber handgun which may have been the weapon used in the brothers’ double murder, were found in the home of suspected bank robber Kevin Ross.
Ross, 29, was shot to death by police when he tried to get away after robbing Chase Bank branch in downtown Evanston in December, police said.
The year’s third homicide, 30-year-old Floyd Gilbert, was shot to death last December on Darrow Street. A suspect is in custody.
Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department attributed 2013’s crime drop in a police newsletter to “strategic policing, better information to the public on crime and crime prevention, and community policing efforts.”
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington summed it up this way: “Getting cops on the dots has an impact on the quality of life in Evanston.”