Crime in Princeton is following national trends and showing a decline, according to data provided by the police department.
Princeton Police Department reported 126 felony cases and 333 misdemeanor cases for a total of 459 cases, down 52% from the 964 offences reported by the police department last year.
Theft was the most numerous incident with police investigating 153 incidents, followed by 53 assaults, 28 burglaries, 11 motor vehicle thefts and five robberies.
Last year, the police investigated 151 theft cases classified as other larceny, 102 assaults, 22 burglaries, nine motor vehicle thefts and seven robberies.
One of the biggest areas of reduction was driving under the influence arrests. There were 55 DWI cases in 2019, compared to 14 cases in 2020.
In 2019, drug law violations saw an increase with the police investigating 91 offences plus an additional 59 cases categorized as drug equipment violations; however, police reported 64 drug-related offenses in 2020.
In total, Princeton police officers answered 20,316 service calls, instituted 4,900 traffic stops and responded to 284 minor accidents and 142 major accidents.
There were several categories of crime reported in 2019, such as impersonation fraud, vandalism and weapons law offenses that were not included in the 2020 data provided by Princeton Police Department.
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By Dustin Butler • [email protected]