Declining crime trends in Fairfield between 2020 and 2021

FAIRFIELD — With the November election fast approaching, a topic frequently raised by politicians and residents alike is that of public safety.

A recent state report shows that crime in general appears to be trending down in Fairfield, although some specific crime types have increased.

Overall, 1,828 incidents were reported at Fairfield in 2021, including less serious offenses like trespassing and disorderly conduct. There is no comparable total number for 2020 since the report format changed.

In a statement, Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris said the state report is “a comprehensive overview of crime trends at the state level, which helps us determine which crimes may be increasing or decline across the state. However, he said, the Fairfield department also uses its own localized statistics to determine crime trends within Fairfield.

“Similar to the report released by the state, our statistics showed a downward trend in crime rates over the past five years, with crime rates peaking in Fairfield in 2018,” he said. “Conversely, thefts in 2021 have seen an increase, including motor vehicle thefts. In 2021, Fairfield Police received 110 reports of motor vehicle thefts compared to 59 reported in 2018.”

Despite the increase in the number of stolen vehicles since 2018, the rate of auto thefts has decreased from 2020 to 2021. According to state data, 109 motor vehicle thefts were reported in 2021, compared to 116 in 2020. The 2021 report also indicates the number of reports of stolen parts from cars, as catalytic converter thefts have become a hot topic. In Fairfield, there have been 76 reports of stolen motor vehicle parts. It also reports 285 thefts from motor vehicles.

There were 108 assaults in the city in 2021, including 20 aggravated assaults, compared to the previous year when 129 incidents were reported. Reports of rape also dropped during this time, from two to one.

In 2020 and 2021, there have been no murders or “manslaughters” at Fairfield. This year Bridgeport resident Zion Burton was killed in a shooting at a party at the banquet hall run by Calvin United Church on Kings Highway East near Hibiscus Street.

The number of burglaries also fell between the two, with data showing 67 burglaries reported in 2021 and 112 burglaries in 2020.

According to the report, 12 robberies were reported in 2021, five more than in 2020.

To tackle crime at the local level, Paris said, the department has many initiatives in place in the department to ensure they regularly monitor crime and keep residents informed.

“We have officers assigned to statewide crime task forces and our officers are also constantly briefed on crime trends and areas of the city where crimes have occurred,” a- he declared. “Once trends and peak crime locations or times are identified, we conduct additional targeted patrols using all of our agency’s assets.”

To ensure residents are kept informed, Paris said the department uses its social media platform and website to notify residents of certain crime-related information that will help law enforcement.

“We will continue to identify proactive ways to tackle local crime and ensure our residents are informed as well,” he said.

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