Number of crimes down in state, county
HARRISBURG — The overall number of crimes in Pennsylvania decreased 1.2 percent in 2012, but the number fell even more sharply in Indiana County, according to an annual report by the Pennsylvania State Police.
According to statistics reported to state police through its Uniform Crime Reporting system, the overall number of crimes in the county fell about 9 percent to 5,459.
According to the report, last year there were, among other crimes, five murders, 29 rapes, 16 robberies, 310 burglaries, 53 vehicle thefts and 10 instances of arson.
These numbers reflect only crimes investigated by state police.
In the previous year, there was one murder, 37 rapes, 23 robberies, 324 burglaries, 57 vehicle thefts and six instances of arson.
In Pennsylvania, the number of crime index offenses, which are crimes considered most likely to be reported to police and are used nationally as a basis for comparing criminal activity, decreased 1.9 percent from 329,857 in 2011.
Crime index offenses are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
In Indiana County, the total number of index offenses fell as well, declining by nearly 4 percent to 1,653 last year.
A second tier of offenses, known as Part II offenses — which include fraud and forgery, vandalism, vice crimes and alcohol violations — fell roughly 11 percent to 3,806 in the county.
Statewide, those offenses dropped by 0.8 percent in 2012 to 593,537.
Police said the annual report doesn’t provide explanations as to why the numbers of crimes rise and fall; its purpose is to help criminal justice agencies adjust their efforts and resources.