BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – Crime was down 14.1% in Bloomington final yr, however COVID-19 had a combined affect on the information, in accordance with town’s interim police chief.
Greg Scott offered town council Monday evening with the division’s annual report that additionally confirmed a spike in sexual assault reviews in comparison with 2019.
Scott stated he is undecided why sexual assaults jumped 30.6% with 64 reviews in 2020, from 49 the earlier yr.
The interim chief stated the rise may be because of a change in the best way police deal with such instances. Officers are actually making reviews even when alleged victims do not wish to pursue their instances.
Robberies fell nearly 57%, home battery instances elevated 9.1%, and there have been 95 fewer DUI arrests in Bloomington final yr, all as a result of folks had been staying at residence throughout the pandemic.
“Anytime you get folks in an enclosed area for a protracted time frame, it looks as if home violence goes up,” stated Scott.
“We anticipated to see just a little little bit of a spike (in home violence) because of COVID, and we did,” Scott stated.
Police reported 27 shootings in Bloomington final yr, down from 33 in 2019.
Scott stated police are discovering the shootings are typically not gang-related.
“These are principally people who’re having a private battle. Slightly than discuss it out or old style yard stuff, they determine to settle it with a firearm,” stated Scott.
There was one murder in Bloomington final yr, and one the yr earlier than, in comparison with 9 homicides in 2018.