DARIEN, Conn. – Crime dropped in Darien in nearly every category in 2012, according to data released by the Darien Police Department. Only breaches of peace rose, while the number of stolen vehicles remained the same as 2011.
Darien police responded to 19,072 reported incidents last year, 434 fewer than the previous year. This is the lowest number of incidents in at least five years.
Larceny was the most common crime in Darien. There were 121 larcenies reported in 2012, down slightly from 123 the previous year. Police made 21 larceny arrests in 2012, and eight cases had multiple arrests.
Police responded to 89 domestic disturbances in 2012, down slightly from 91 in 2011. The breaches of peace rose slightly, with 36 in 2012 compared with 33 in 2011.
Twelve vehicles were stolen in Darien in 2012, the same number as in 2011. Half of the vehicles stolen in 2012 were taken from the BMW dealership one early morning in August. There were 17 cases of vandalism in 2012, a drop of more than 50 percent from 39 the previous year.
There were 44 motor vehicle burglaries in 2012, down from 47 the previous year. Police arrested 17 people for motor vehicle burglaries, and closed 22 cases from 2009 through warrant arrests. There were 15 residential burglaries and eight commercial burglaries. Nine of these cases were cleared with arrests.
Major crimes are rare in Darien, but moreso in 2012. There was one robbery in Darien in 2012, down from three in 2011. There were no cases of sexual assault in 2012. There were three in 2011. There were no homicides or arsons in 2012.
There were 22 narcotics incidents in 2012, leading to seven arrests. Police also issued 28 infractions for possession of marijuana. Drug numbers for 2011 were not immediately available.
There were 558 motor vehicle accidents in Darien in 2012. This is 19 fewer than the number of accidents in 2011.