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Wheeling Police Report Increase in Calls, Decrease in Serious Crime

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The Wheeling Police Department has submitted its crime statistics for 2012 to the West Virginia State Police.

The department reports that it responded to 26,847 calls in 2012, a 5 percent increase from 2011.

There was also a 6 percent increase in the number of arrests and a 3 percent decrease in the number of victims reported.

More serious crimes such as murder, saw a decrease of 7.8 percent. Lesser crimes, such as DUI, vagrancy, and disorderly complaints, saw a 9 percent increase.

However, the department did see an increase in certain more serious crimes. Robbery and forcible sex offenses saw increases as did weapon offenses and drug offenses.

The department also pointed out that as a whole, property crimes, such as burglary, larceny and vandalism were down significantly, 20, 20 and 18 percent respectively.

Motor vehicle thefts, however, did see an increase.

Wheeling police officers were responsible for a 42 percent increase in DUI arrests and a 43 percent increase in the number of traffic citations.