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Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – When Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler gave his final report of 2017 at a town planning session on Tuesday, the numbers he presented were sobering. In many calls that didn’t involve common crimes against people, the department’s numbers were way up. While that might alarm some, it can be seen as heartening to the other law-abiding residents of the area. The number reflects an improvement in the way that the officers at the department handle what crimes are committed in the town and the number of law-breakers they are catching has greatly improved in 2016, Zeigler's first full year as chief.

In 2017, calls for service to the department increased by 360 calls. Of those calls, arrests in general more than doubled from 49 in 2016, to 106 in 2017. Additionally, DUI cases jumped by 10 in 2017, and drug cases were up by 39 last year. While these number might scare you, it’s what it shows when compared to crimes against people that bring things into perspective. Crimes that more commonly affect people like assaults and larcenies(stealing) were down over the previous year.

According to Chief Zeigler, since he took office, officers have trained harder, worked harder, and paid closer attention, and those efforts are paying off. “We are catching more criminals because our team is working harder together to make this community even better,” Zeigler said. He went on to say that paying attention to petty and property crimes makes the community a safer place. This theory was proven years ago in New York City when Rudy Giuliani was mayor. Officers started making arrests for petty crimes like urinating in public that had been ignored in the past. Suddenly violent crimes took a plunge as well.

Zeigler said that in 2018, the Chapin department will continue to forge better relationships with the community. “The community is our biggest and best partner, and as long as they remain vigilante and continue to act as our eyes and ears, will be able to reduce the fear of being a victim of crime in Chapin.” He went on to say that he has a great team in place, some with close roots to the community, and expects great things in 2018. “If the citizens see or hear anything they see as out of the ordinary, they simply have to give the department a call, and they will be there for them," the chief concluded.

You can find out more about the Chapin Police Department by looking on the Police Department tab of the town’s webpage at www.chapinsc.com, or by calling the department’s non-emergency number at (803) 345-6443.

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