Already one of the safest cities in the state, crime in Keller fell again in 2014 to its lowest numbers in 18 years, according to the Keller Police Department.
The department released its 2014 Unified Crime Report in late January, which detailed a 5 percent decrease in Part 1 crimes from 2013 to 2014. The 397 Part 1 cases is the lowest number in a year since 1996, according to police, when the town’s population was about half its current size.
“It shows we’re continuing to go in the right direction, which helps our citizens feel safer, because they are safer,” said Police Chief Mark Hafner.
Part 1 crimes — cases of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and vehicle theft — are used as a benchmark to compare crime in communities across the country.
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Hafner, also the public safety director and interim city manager, gave credit to the community and department working together, with officers and residents practicing good preventative crime techniques.
“I don’t think we’ve hit the bottom yet,” he said. “We could see even lower numbers in the future.”
Despite having the fewest number of police officers per capita in the region, Keller had one of the lowest crime rates in the state in 2013, second only to Flower Mound, Hafner said. Final numbers haven’t been crunched yet to determine where Keller’s lower 2014 crime rate stacks up.
According to the city, Keller police were more proactive last year, too. The number of citizen-initiated service calls dropped 9 percent to 26,363, but officer-initiated calls increased 4 percent to 66,211.
Also in 2014, Keller PD began posting on Facebook and Twitter daily traffic enforcement locations to remind residents to drive safer.
In other statistics released by the city, 30 percent of more than 26,500 drivers who were pulled over in Keller last year received citations. The average speeding ticket was for 15.3 mph over the speed limit.