Bolingbrook's Crime Rate Drops for Third Straight Year

All violent crimes decreased in 2010 except for theft and arson.

Bolingbrook’s crime rate dropped for the third straight year, according to crime statistics recently released by the FBI and the Illinois State Police.

Once riddled with a 25.09 crime rate in 2001, the village has seen its rate decrease to 19.2 in 2009.

The crime rate is the number of violent crimes that occur per 1,000 residents and is calculated by dividing the village’s total population by number of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, car theft and arson).

Bolingbrook Lieutenant Mike Rompa said figures from last year should also drop thanks to the most recent population projections from the U.S. Census data, which has Bolingbrook at just more than 73,000 residents.

Crime rates for 2010 could be as low as 19.03, according to a Bolingbrook Police Department release.

According to the statistics, crime dropped for all violent crimes except theft and arson, which each increased by 139 reported crimes and two reported crimes respectively.

Bolingbrook’s 2009 rate ranked third out of nine other communities with a population between 60,000 and 80,000 residents.

Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

Crime 2008 2009 2010 Murder 0 4 1 Rape 31 37 12 Robbery 64 41 12 Battery 126 106 80 Burglary 194 201 163 Theft 969 914 1,053 Vehicle Theft 58 62 40 Arson 3 6 8 TOTAL 1,445 1,371 1,396 Population 70,977 71,403 73,366 Crime Rate 20.36 19.20 19.03

Here's how Bolingbrook's 2009 crime rate compares to neighboring communities:

Town 2009 Population Crime Rate Bolingbrook 71,403 19.2 Naperville 143,147 17.62 Romeoville 38,025 26.37 Plainfield 36,507 16.24 Woodridge 34,130 14.26 Lemont 16,176 8.96

Source: Bolingbrook Police Department release.

jaskie1505 May 31, 2011 at 01:02 PM
This is great news and the trend looks positive as well. Kudo's to our police department for a job well done.
CHIWATERNUT May 31, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Bolingbrook 19% and Naperville at 18%, who would have thought! Good Job BPD on getting rid of the thugs! Good job Bolingbrook High School too, it takes a village!
Study June 01, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago and John Donohue of Yale University revived discussion of this claim with their 2001 paper "The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime". Donohue and Levitt point to the fact that males aged 18 to 24 are most likely to commit crimes. Data indicates that crime in the United States started to decline in 1992. Donohue and Levitt suggest that the absence of unwanted aborted children, following legalization in 1973, led to a reduction in crime 18 years later, starting in 1992 and dropping sharply in 1995. These would have been the peak crime-committing years of the unborn children. The authors argue that states that had abortion legalized earlier and more widespread should have the earliest reductions in crime. Donohue and Levitt's study indicates that this indeed has happened: Alaska, California, Hawaii, New York, and Washington experienced steeper drops in crime, and had legalized abortion before Roe v. Wade. Further, states with a high abortion rate have experienced a greater reduction in crime, when corrected for factors like average income. Finally, studies in Canada and Australia purport to have established a correlation between legalized abortion and overall crime reduction.
Smiley May 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I considering moving to bolingbrook with 3 kids and also so to help launch my avon business www.youravon.com/jbryant0604
Kristie May 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM


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