STERLING – Crimes dropped considerably in 2018, according to the Sterling Police Department’s annual report.
A total of 501 crimes considered the most serious in nature, such as sexual assault, robbery, burglary and theft, were reported last year, which is 103 fewer than the 2017 total of 604. Thefts led the list in this category, with 322 reports, while the next closest was burglary/theft from a motor vehicle at 74.
There were no homicides reported in Sterling in 2018.
Also, 2,642 misdemeanor offenses were reported, which is a decline of 164 from 2,806 the previous year. These crimes include disorderly conduct, which topped the list at 985 reports and 211 cases of criminal damage to property.
There were 477 adult arrests in 2018, of which 313 were on outstanding warrants. The total number is down slightly from the previous year’s 485 arrests. Second-highest total for arrests was 33 for interference with police officers, fallowed by 22 for theft.
Drug arrests dropped considerably, especially in the controlled substance category. Police made only 16 arrests on possession or manufacture/delivery charges in 2018, which is down 29 arrests from 2017’s total of 45. There were only two cannabis-related arrests, according to the report.
Officers made 93 juvenile arrests last year, but that number is significantly less than the 149 made in 2017, which is a drop of 56. Runaway and criminal trespass led the way for nonwarrant charges with 21 and nine charges respectively. Officers issued 39 citations for truancy and 19 for curfew.
Residents seem to require police assistance the most on Wednesdays and usually around 3 p.m. That is the busiest day and time of the week, according to the annual report. However, Wednesday’s total of 2,595 calls for service just edged out Tuesday with 2,586. Not surprisingly, Sunday brought up the rear with only 1,848 calls for service.
The most likely place for Sterling drivers to have a traffic crash was in the Walmart parking lot where a total of 17 crashes happened in 2018. Lynn Boulevard accounted for the second and third spots on the list with 11 crashes each at the intersections with West LeFevre Road and East Lincolnway.
Sterling drivers were involved in 629 crashes in 2018, which was 17 fewer than 2017. A total of 283 citations were issued as a result of these crashes. Drivers may want to stay home on Fridays especially from 3-4 p.m. because that was the day and time crashes occurred most often. Also, August led with 65 total crashes.
Officers arrested 40 drivers for DUI (37 for alcohol and three for drugs) in 2018, which dropped from 55 in the previous year.
Although only in effect for the winter months, parking violations for snow emergency still topped the list of tickets written in 2018 with 175.
Although the 2018 annual report had yet to be uploaded, when it is it will be available to view at ci.sterling.il.us/departments. Click on the police link.