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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sergeant Mike Donovan 
Public Information Officer
Office: 623.222.4044

Police:  Double-digit drop in Surprise crime due to Police/Community partnerships

Surprise, AZ (July 23, 2013) In compiling figures for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR), Surprise Police say violent crime fell 12 percent in Surprise in the first half of this year, with property crime declining even more steeply, by 23 percent, compared to the same period in 2012.

“Positive results happen when you combine a supportive and engaged community with good police work,” said Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier. “Our officers and our community have a great working relationship, and it shows.”

Frazier says the creation of the Neighborhood Response Unit is making a difference. “Their sole mission is to identify neighborhood crime trends and find and arrest those responsible,” he said. “They have been very effective.”   

He also credits the department’s It Can Happen to You anti-theft campaign, which feature the stories of local property crime victims while reminding residents that locking cars and homes will prevent most property crime.

“People tell us they get the message and are taking action,” Frazier said. “We recently raised the profile by running the It Can Happen to You spots on the big screens during movie previews. It bears repeating: most car and home thefts are due to unlocked doors and windows. You can easily prevent it.”

The internal report shared with the FBI also notes a 22% decrease in total Part 1 crimes, which combine violent crimes (homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery) with property crimes (burglary, larceny/theft from vehicle, arson and auto theft). The report states 1,121 total Part 1 crimes occurred in Surprise in the first 6 months of 2013 compared to 1,444 in the first 6 months of 2012. The result is a crime rate of 9.4 Part 1 Crimes per 1,000 people, down 2.7 from a year ago.

According to the Department of Justice, the UCR, which will be released later this year by the FBI, is issued for jurisdictions around the country and is based on a cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies.