Elkin crime data shows mixed results

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

February 26, 2014

Elkin saw an increase in larceny and motor vehicle theft for 2013 with police stopping fewer vehicles on town roads, according to Uniform Crime Report (UCR) records released by the Elkin Police Department.

UCR reports are official data on crime in the United States, to include index crimes. UCR indexes reported incidents in two categories: violent and property crimes. Aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery are classified as violent while arson, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft are classified as property crimes.

According to records, Elkin had 336 cases of larceny, an increase of 25 percent compared to 2012.

Auto theft increased 700 percent jumping to eight thefts in 2013 compared to only one in 2012.

Elkin had two rape cases in 2013 compared to one in 2012.

Robbery remained the same compared to 2012 data with two cases being reported in 2013.

Other index crimes were idle or reduced by town police, records show.

There were no murders and no reported arsons in Elkin for 2013.

Breaking and entering decreased 73 percent falling from 22 cases in 2012 to only six in 2013.

There were 56 cases of assault, a decrease of 25 percent from 2012.

There were 89 cases of fraud, 90 drug charges, seven cases of child abuse, and 15 missing person reports in 2013, on average with 2012 data.

According to the data, there were 1,489 vehicle stops in 2013, a 38 percent reduction in vehicle stops compared to 2012. Of the traffic stops, 44 were charged with driving while impaired.

Police responded to 380 home and business alarms.

A total of 1,789 reports were filed pertaining to foot patrol incidents by police.

There were 270 vehicle wrecks in Elkin in 2013, and police responded to 476 calls to unlock vehicles.

According to the data, Elkin had three instances of use of force, down from five in 2012.

“We had one Taser use, and two incidents where weapons were drawn,” said Chief Monroe Wagoner of the Elkin Police Department. “There were no injuries and no policy violations.”

The police department had five internal affairs investigations for 2013. According to Wagoner, all incidents were for minor policy infractions.

“All were sustained and handled according to departmental policy. The department had six internal investigations in 2012,” he said.

Files classified as cold cases may have gone cold.

“113 cases have been closed due to all leads exhausted. If new leads or evidence transpires, the cases will be reopened. This is a total number of cases, not just 2013,” said Wagoner.

Elkin’s communications team received 1,221 calls through 911. Of those, 122 calls were fire related. Dispatch assisted 2,779 administrative calls and handled an equal amount of 2,779 calls for general assistance. The communications unit also recorded 1,844 pawn tickets.

In 2013, Wagoner promoted Lt. Kim Robison to serve as the department captain after its former captain abruptly resigned for personal reasons.

Robison is the highest-ranked female on-the-job for Elkin, the first female to serve as captain.

According to town records, the police department has 29 employees. There are eight auxiliary officers, which are included in the total.

Officers per 1,000 residents are 3.77.

The Elkin Police Department collected for 56,681 pills through Operation Medicine Drop for 2013.

Officer Brian Walker was selected as 2013 “employee of the year” by the staff.

Elkin’s Board of Commissioners were informed of the 2013 UCR records via email by its town manager, Lloyd Payne, on Jan. 4, records show.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.