Overall crime rate declining in St. Johns …

By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — According to the St.Johns Police Department Annual Report, St. Johns crime rate is at one of the lowest rates it has been in eight years, with a combined 198 index and non-index crimes. Index and non-index crimes are defined in the report as either serious crimes such as murder, criminal sexual conduct and robbery or other crimes such as simple assault, bad checks, and forgery. St.

Safety in Meridian Township rarely a concern for residents

By Sara Konkel
Meridian Times staff writer

In a township full of working professionals, higher-priced housing and a devoted police force, Meridian Township resident Kathy Harrison said that the issue of safety is never a concern in her community. Harrison and her family have been living in the township for 21 years and have never faced a major problem with safety. “People appreciate living in Meridian Township because it’s a safe place,” Meridian Township Police Chief David Hall said. “It’s a nice community and has a lot of things going on, like a great park system, great shopping, great places to eat and it’s close by all the action. It’s close by Lansing and Michigan State University and I think that’s a draw for people.”

Harrison said she feels so comfortable in the township that she allows her 13-year-old son, Noel, to bike to friends’ houses and walk home from school every day.

Grand Ledge crime rates remain consistently low with a possible spike in property crimes and thefts in Spring 2014, according to police and fire officials.

By Hannah Watts — Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter

GRAND LEDGE – Grand Ledge crime rates remain consistently low with a possible spike in property crimes and thefts in Spring 2014, according to police and fire officials.  

Small town setting

The types and amount of crimes committed in Grand Ledge differ greatly from crimes that occur in surrounding cities. According to Grand Ledge Police Department officials, the crime rate in Grand Ledge remains fairly consistent. “I think it’s fair to say that our crime rate has stayed the same for the last 5 years,” said Martin Underhill, Police Chief at the Grand Ledge Police Department. Matt Stalding, on-duty officer at the Grand Ledge Fire Department, explained that the low crime rate is attributable to the small town setting.