Sheriff's Office reports fewer violent crimes in 2018

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JANESVILLE - The Rock County Sheriff's Office reported fewer violent crimes in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the annual report released by Sheriff Troy Knudson.

Sheriff's deputies responded to 42 violent crimes in 2018 compared to 49 in 2017, according to the report. Violent crimes categorized include homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. One homicide was reported in 2018 compared to none in 2017. There were 22 rapes that were investigated in 2018, down from 25 reported in 2017. There were 16 aggravated assaults reported in 2018, down from and 21 in 2017, according to the report. Three robberies were investigated in the county in both 2018 and 2017, the report showed.

The top five calls for service in 2018 included: Assisting other jurisdictions (2,208), business checks (2,084), 911 abandoned calls (1,830), traffic complaints (1,656) and stalled vehicles (1,343).

According to the report, property crimes increased to 372 calls, 240 of those crimes were thefts, 106 were burglaries, 25 were vehicle thefts and one arson. In 2017 there were 360 property crimes with a slight decrease in thefts (242), no change in vehicle thefts and an increase of 19 more burglaries reported in 2017.

Fewer arrests were made in 2018 (1,389) compared to 2017 (1,451).

The sheriff's office investigative clearance rate decreased 1% in 2018 compared to 2017, from 72% in 2018 and 73% in 2017. Since 2014, the sheriff's office clearance rate has been greater than 70%, according to report data.

In terms of drug investigations in 2017 and 2018, the department has confiscated over 19 pounds of cannabis, over 14 ounces of cocaine and nearly 12 ounces of heroin/fentanyl, resulting in the seizure of over $47,000.In 2018, 449 drug arrests were made, with 493 reported in 2017.

Impaired driving arrests decreased to 342 in 2018 compared to 433 in 2017, while traffic crash reports increased to 840 in 2018 compared to 786 in 2017, according to the report.

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