Lake in the Hills Police Keep Up with Crime Most Calls for Traffic Incidents, Ordinance Violations, Retail Crimes

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Byline: Chris Fusco Daily Herald Staff Writer

Lake in the Hills police are running faster than ever, but their annual crime report shows they are keeping pace with the village's housing boom.

Although police are responding to a record number of calls, the village's crime rate - 900 crimes for every 100,000 people - is the second-lowest it has been in the last decade, police say. The state average is 5,432.

The village's 29 sworn officers responded to 7,776 calls during the last fiscal year, from May 1, 1996 to April 1, 1997.

Of those calls, 5,300 were for traffic stops or potential village ordinance violations. Police responded to 531 criminal complaints, a 33 percent increase from 1995-96.

The increases reflect growth in Lake in the Hills, Police Chief James Wales said. Since 1990, the village's population has nearly tripled and now stands at 15,800.

"We're not behind the eight ball, but there are areas where we hope to improve," Wales said. …