Calls down, but crime up in Boone County

Sunday, February 19, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Calls to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department decreased last year, according to county crime statistics released last week.

But the 2005 report also shows record numbers in other areas with 701 assaults, 215 burglaries and 3,710 traffic summons.

Rapes, sexual assaults of adults and overall calls for service, however, all decreased, compared with 2004.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tom Reddin said that the overall number of crimes tends to increase as the county’s population grows.

Reddin said he didn’t think last year’s numbers indicate any major trends. Crime statistics often show cyclical patterns, he said, with the amount of a category like the number of burglaries or value of stolen property fluctuating from year to year.

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