Just released from the Pinecrest Sun, Part I Crimes in Pinecrest have never been lower. These crimes are categorized as more serious, composed of violent crimes and property crime offenses. The Village began cataloging crime data in June of 1998, only a year after the police department started. In 1998 there were 1,049 Part I crimes reported. In the year of 2021, there were only 355 Part I crimes reported, a 66% decrease, and the lowest Part I- reported crime rate in Pinecrest history.
Even through the craziness of the pandemic, the police force remained persistent in keeping the community safe during 2021. The police force, and the safety of the neighborhood is measured by the number of these Part I Crimes, which are a trackable measure of the level and scope of national crime.
Pinecrest Police Chief, Jason Cohen credits several crime-deterring tactics the success of 2021. As a team, police officers created an educational campaign to both residential and commercial areas, communicating with the Pinecrest employees and residents. These communication tactics included face-to-face interactions, social media, print flyers, and neighborhood watch meetings.
These tactics undoubtedly contributed to the fall of crime rates, specifically vehicle burglaries which saw a 47% decrease from 2020 to 2021. The Pinecrest Police Department looks forward to implementing more crime-fighting tactics throughout the Village.