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Wyomissing crime up slightly in 2012

Published On: Jan 08 2013 11:35:23 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 07:26:27 AM EST
Crime scene -- handcuffs

The number of crimes committed within the Wyomissing borough last year was slightly higher than 2011 due to a sharp increase of DUI arrests.

"We experienced 18 more crimes this year," Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl said during Tuesday night's council meeting at Borough Hall.

In total there were 1,008 crimes in committed in Wyomissing last year. While crimes such as assault and burglary went down, DUI arrests jumped from 138 in 2011, to 188 arrests in 2012.


Biehl believes the increase is due to aggressive enforcement and not an increase in the number of motorists driving drunk.

"I don't think there are necessarily more drunk drivers out there. I believe the increase is due to our increased enforcement. Some of our officers are just really good at what they do. They know what to look for," Biehl said. "Not only are we catching drivers under the influence of alcohol, but we also have officers who are trained in catching drugged driving"

Instances of fraud also contributed to the slight increase in crime. "A lot of that increase is due to credit card theft," Biehl said. In 2012 there were 75 reports of fraud, 17 more than what occurred in 2011 .

Meanwhile the Commissioner of the Wyomissing Fire Department,  Bruce Longenecker,  reported only one serious structure fire which occurred in December.

"Is that a record?" joked Council President Frederick Levering.

Longenecker also discussed the timetable of a new firetruck for the borough that should arrive within the next few months. "Our new truck will hopefully arrive in June."

Council also approved a right-of-way for PPL to repair a transformer along Old Mill Road. Several residents had complained that parts of the street and the Old Mill parking lot were completely dark following recent storm damage. PPL said repairs will require only minor trimming, not removal of any trees.