Saturday, September 29, 2012
Huntley Residents Feel Safe Says Police Survey
That correlated pretty well with the 93 percent of residents who gave overall approval for Huntley police services in a voluntary survey from mid-June through July. The results might have been even better but self-described crime victims filled out the survey about twice as often as average. According to HPD figures, in the past five years only about four percent of Huntley residents have been victims of crimes ranging from mailbox vandalism to murder but eight percent the people who took the survey said they'd been crime victims.
HPD Chief John Perkins said according to department stats, crime's actually falling in Huntley. According to the report, through August, overall crime's down 14 percent from 2011, 19 percent from 2010.
Only about half of survey takers reported they'd had any contact at all with Huntley PD in the past year and almost half of those said their contact was only through one of the department's community programs. Seventeen percent, however, met a cop either getting a traffic ticket or after having an auto accident.
One caveat on the survey was that almost half the people who took it were over 65. Less than one third of all Huntley residents are in that age group.
Perkins told the Board a shared crime analyst with Algonquin and Lake in the Hills PD's might be a good idea.
You can read the entire Huntley PD survey here starting at page 7: http://www.huntley.il.us/documents/09.27.12JTPacket.pdf