Crime doesn’t take a holiday PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:20
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File photo. Perrysburg Township Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore (middle) speaking with officers Jeff Slusher (left) and Matt Gazarek. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Though the holiday season can see an uptick in crime as criminals look to filch some Christmas loot, the passing of the holidays doesn’t necessarily mean that things slow down for area law enforcement.
“It’s true, we do have thefts and the shoplifting, and that picks up during this season,” said Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore of the Perrysburg Township Police Department. “But, in all honesty, it keeps going. So we still have to be diligent on that. It doesn’t stop.”
He noted that programs in place to be more watchful over businesses will still be in effect, though possibly not on the same scale as before the holidays.
“But the everyday crimes that are going on, that’s still going on. And that will continue afterwards.”
“We always have to watch out for drug activity,” he said. “It’s not just in the township, but everywhere. And the people who use the drugs commit the crimes so they can do the drugs. It’s a vicious cycle.”
“That really never stops. That’s always going on.”
A major consideration for Bowling Green police is the fact that during winter break, students are gone – and their residences are vacant.
“We’ve got a large student population that’s going until after Christmas break,” said Bowling Green Police Chief Brad Conner.
As a result, officers have to be vigilant to burglaries and break-ins.
“Traditionally we see that type of crime increase this time of year,” he said, noting that extra patrols are taken around areas predominantly occupied by students.
Capt. Scott Frank of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office noted that the kinds of crimes seen after the holidays mirror those seen beforehand.
However, “our burglaries go up typically this time of year.”
He said that those crimes may increase, first, because of the holidays and people aren’t consistently at home, and the fact that some jobs are less readily available in the winter, creating motivation for some criminals.
“We’re very fortunate here,” said Perrysburg’s Deputy Police Chief Jim Rose. “We don’t have a lot of crime. But we probably revert back, as a general rule, to our normal routine. You’ll still have car break-ins, but it’ll be a little bit lower than it was during the shopping season.”
“As far as (crime) trends go, we really don’t have enough activity to identify a trend. And that can vary from year to year. One person can make a crime wave all by themselves.”
Allan Baer, chief for the North Baltimore Police Department, noted that they really haven’t seen a spike in holiday-related crime, but wintertime can breed another kind of problem: what he termed a “modest increase” in domestic disputes.
“That’s all across the board, not just in North Baltimore,” he said. “You might see an increase in that because people are cooped up, I think people are home, they do spend more time in close proximity.”
And, he said “a lot of times alcohol is involved in celebrations.”
 

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