Roanoke County sees number of service calls drop - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke County sees number of service calls drop

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Roanoke County (WSLS) Calls for service in Roanoke County have dropped over the years. Police Chief Howard Hall said the decreases is partly due to their data-driven approach to crime. Figures show that in 2012 Roanoke County police received 30,348 calls for service. In 2013, there were 29,564 service calls. From January through May of 2014, there were just over 12,000 service calls.
 
When it comes to the types of calls police receive, Chief Hall said reports about suspicious people or vehicles tops the list. Other areas of concern include property damage caused by car crashes and domestic cases.
 
"We are seeing some county wide increases in aggravated assault many of these relate to domestic violence" he said. "In fact 36% of our aggravated assault cases are somehow domestic related or family related."
 
Hall said police continue to track and analyze data such as service call locations. Officers use data-driven information to establish target areas as a way to focus resources and prevent future cases.
 
"We are looking hard particularly at domestic violence cases to see what more we can do to enhance the ability to prosecute offenders and help victims get services" he said.
 
Chief Hall said police are also seeing an increase in thefts from cars. In most cases, the car doors were unlocked. Police encourage people to do their part to help prevent crimes and lock their doors.
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