The Williamsport Police Bureau began collecting monthly crime statistics in July 2021 and posting them to Crime Watch, an important step toward transparency, according to Chief Justin Snyder.
Prior to July, the city’s crime statistics were collected through a handwritten tally system, Snyder said, adding that made it difficult to examine trends over time.
“It’s about being transparent and letting people know what’s going on here,” Snyder said. “We tend not to share and then it gets misinterpreted.”
The office’s monthly reports are published by crime watch and reveal some of the most common crimes in Williamsport in the last half of 2021.
The two most common crime categories are domestic disturbances and general disturbances/fights, with nearly 600 calls for each from July to December.
Just below are public assistance calls and motor vehicle accidents at just over 480 and 330 respectively. Next is the theft at 240 calls for the last six months of the year.
Drug offenses were just below theft with 166 crimes reported.
In the last six months of the year, July saw the most service calls…
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