By Brendan Wilner
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — Over the past few years the city of DeWitt has had an average amount of crimes for a small city, including assaults, larceny, and even accidents. Those are just a few reasons people would call the police department in DeWitt.
Chief Bruce Ferguson, who has been the chief since 2013, said that having a smaller city has allowed him to get closer to the citizens.
“I don’t know if anyone in the city doesn’t have my cell phone number,” Ferguson said, “The city is close and small, so some people actually just drop by on their way home or something and talk to me directly.”
According to Ferguson, the police department will send officers to do house checks for the citizens. He said that they do around 250 checks a year.
The city of DeWitt isn’t the biggest city, but they have crime like everyone else and the police department has to be called. According to the Five Year Index Crime for the city of DeWitt, there have been more than 917 total reports for each year going back to 2012.
Service calls have been the most frequent report, but accidents were a close second. Since the city doesn’t have a large population and is in a more rural area, they see more calls coming in about accidents and not violent crimes, which happens more in bigger cities like Lansing.
“When I worked for the Lansing Police Department there were more crimes and different kinds of calls coming in on the radio,” Ferguson said, “People come to DeWitt to settle down and to not have to worry about the violent crimes.”
In 2015, there were 703 complaints about service calls and 54 calls about accidents. DeWitt isn’t known for the major crimes like the other big cities, but they still get calls like assaults and intimidation which happened 20 times last year.
As seen in the graphs, there are less violent crime complaints being called in than non-violent complaints. The city doesn’t have too many violent complaints throughout the years, but does still have some every now and then.
Also, according to the report, there have been an average of 1,070 total dispatch initiated events over the last four years. In 2015, the department saw a slight decrease of total reports from the year 2014 in complaints.
According to Ferguson, he believes that the reason they don’t see so many violent crimes in the city is because of the people who live there. He said they don’t want to cause trouble and want a nice, simple life.