Recently the Wichita Police Department released its crime report for 2012. It showed an overall increase of two percent in reported crimes in the city.
Chief Norman Williams says there were 14 gang-related drive-by shootings last year … down 55% from four years ago. Last year police arrested nearly a thousand gang members. W-P-D says there are 3,000 documented gang members in Wichita.
Chief Williams says about 86% of burglaries go unsolved, and many burglars receive lenient treatment by the courts because of jail and prison crowding. The burglars go back on the street and continue their repulsive vocation.
The increase in crime last year was driven primarily by nearly 2,000 additional larcenies … people stealing other people’s property.
A veteran Wichita cop once told me the toughest thing for him about police work is, you never reach the bottom of the pile. No matter how many crooks you bust, there are always more to take their place.