A Look At Crime In Endicott For 2007

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 29, 2008 at 7:37 PM EDT

The annual crime report for Endicott shows what police are seeing on the streets.

It's a look at reports of crime and arrests for 2007.

Police Chief Michael Cox says a lot of the hype about rampant crime was just a perception.

"People see one or two isolated incidents and then rumors and speculation cause it to grow and it becomes that speculation," says Cox.

The numbers do show some slight increases.

Last year police had about 16-hundred criminal complaints, up almost 3 percent.

There were 13-hundred arrests, up about 5 percent from 2006.

The department's focusing on what it calls "quality of life issues," like more arrests for disorderly conduct.

"And bring back the village to a time or a place when the residents and the visitors that come here truly find it enjoyable and it's a place where they want to come to live and work and play," says Cox.

Police hope to tackle drug crimes with a new "street crimes team."

It will target lower-level crimes like selling marijuana.

Amy Burgess owns Frame to Please on Washington Avenue and thinks police are doing a good job.

"I feel very safe here. It's a great little community. I have had no problems here, I'm happy to be here," says Burgess.

Melissa Miller agrees.

She moved to the village from Binghamton.

"I feel safer in Endicott than I do in Binghamton. You can walk around down here now and no one bothers you," says Miller.

"I think the village is fairly safe. Being a lifelong resident of the Village of Endicott, I would say I have more concerns today than I did 15 or 20 years ago," says Peter Olevano of Endicott.

Police hope to ease any concerns as they hit the streets to fight crime this year.

Chief Cox says there's been an effort to get the community more involved.

Last year the department brought back the civilian police academy.

Several neighborhood watch groups also formed to keep an eye on crime.

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