TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Going into each summer, local police officers prep for their busy season.
While June through August is just a quarter of the year, their portion of the yearly crime totals is much greater.
"We see a lot of burglaries, we see a lot of thefts, we see a lot of criminal mischief," said Captain John Moats with the Vigo County Sheriff's Department.
However, with the calendar into September, area agencies are breathing a sigh of relief and sporting a look of wonder.
"This is out of the ordinary, for these three months to be this low," said Assistant Chief Shawn Keen with the Terre Haute Police Department.
For the months of June, July, and August, violent crimes in Terre Haute were down an unprecedented 14 percent. A look at property crimes revealed an even bigger decrease at almost 16 percent.
Keen admits they've had a little luck on their side, but it also proves their tactics are paying off.
"You look at the success of certain programs, community corrections, drug court," said Keen. "We've made more arrests consecutively for the last six years."
However, there's still work to do.
"If you're a victim, everything's a major crime," said Moats.
Captain Moats says low numbers don't always equate to less crime.
"There's a lot of crimes in this town that don't get reported by people," said Moats. "They, unfortunately, want to take matters into their own hands, which escalates the problem altogether."
This proves officers need to be on patrol at all times, ready for any incident that might come up.
Both Keen and Moats say their officers remain very busy investigating a number of leads that come in to both stations.
Numbers for violent and property crimes were also down for the first part of the year, at two-point-six percent percent and six percent respectively.
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