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Monroe crime statistics show stability for October

MONROE — Crime in the city held steady last month, according to Police Department incident figures.
Police Chief Tim Quenzer gave the City Council a crime update last week on the Police Department’s projects and how certain crimes are trending around the city. November’s numbers were not yet released.
The Community Outreach and Enforcement Team, in which a sergeant and contracted social worker go to the homeless camps or contact transients in town to offer resources for housing and other programs, is making progress.
The outreach team has had 72 clients since starting this spring. Four have completed a chemical dependency assessment and two have completed detox. The team also has housed two clients and are working on two more for housing placement.
The first four clients the outreach team found treatment for some months ago are all still maintaining clean and sober housing and working on recovery; one of the four clients is a housing manager.
Among crime trends,
burglaries went up from a lone burglary reported in September to five in October; vehicle prowls are down from five reported in September to three in October; vehicle thefts are cut in half from six reported in September to three in October; and collisions are up from 20 reported in September to 24 in October.
Quenzer also shared a few heroic saves officers made in October.
One was on Oct. 16 where Officer Nate Erdmann observed a stolen vehicle in the Safeway parking lot. The vehicle left in a hurry and struck two parked vehicles. The vehicle was followed and found in brush at the end of Ferry Street. The female passenger was found down a 15-foot embankment and the male driver was found an hour and a half later with the assistance of a sheriff’s office tracking K-9. The female was booked with a possession of a stolen vehicle charge; the male was treated at hospital and later booked on possession of stolen vehicle and attempt to elude charges.
Chief Quenzer gives a monthly report to City Council at its meetings at City Hall, 806 W. Main St.


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