Statistics about 8 major crimes are sent to the Danbury City Council each month from the Police Department. Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says major crime is down about 14-percent through July, the latest figures released, compared to the same seven months in 2015.
There were 34 forcible rapes in Danbury last year. Rapes are down 69 percent in Danbury compared to a year ago. Police officials say those numbers could change though if investigations are escalated based on new information.
The other categories are homicide, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Traffic accidents year to date total 2,406. During the same time last year there numbered 2,817. Traffic enforcement is tracked in three categories: verbal warning, written warning and moving violation. Enforcement so far in 2016 totals 4,706. That includes one month where Police received a grant for beefed up texting enforcement. During the same time last year the total was 4,376. Notably, there were two months during that time that Police received the texting enforcement effort grant.