TAYLORSVILLE (News4Utah) – Crime is going down in Taylorsville, according to Unified Police Department.
The City of Taylorsville began their partnership with Unified Police Department (UPD) in 2012. At the time, they inherited some drug-related issues the city had.
“It was because our proximity to I-215 and the exit that we had at the Family Center. We had a lot of drug transactions that went on in that area,” said former Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall, who served from 2006 to 2013. “We have come a long way.”
In a report released by Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant this week, he said overall crime statistics in the city have been in a downward trend for the last two quarters.
Mayor Wall said he’s not surprised because the partnership with UPD brought along more resources to combat crime in the city.
“When we transitioned, you could see the change of culture and attitude with Chief Wyant. He brought in good leadership and people who shares the same mindset as him,” said Mayor Wall.
Between April and June of this year, officials have seen a decrease in the following crimes:
- 41 percent decrease in graffiti
- 33 percent decrease in auto thefts
- 23 percent decrease in fraud
- 10 percent decrease in general thefts
- 6 percent decrease in family offenses
UPD Sgt. Melody Gray said the progress they’ve seen is thanks to a proactive approach from officers.
“They have dedicated their personnel – patrol officers, enforcement units, community-oriented policing detectives to get out there and tackle the problem proactively instead of reactively,” said Sgt. Gray.
Chief Wyant also said in his report, “I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the tremendous assistance provided to UPD by the vigilant neighborhood watch groups, residents, and visitors for their attentiveness and willingness to report crimes and suspicious activities.”
He encourages residents that if they “see something, please say something.”
However, they are still seeing a 5 percent increase in burglaries as well as a 20 percent increase in drug-related offenses, which investigators believe have a correlation.
“Narcotics use and distribution have a proven nexus to many property crimes,” wrote Chief Wyant.
He told News4Utah he believes these issues are tied to the increase of transients near the Jordan River Parkway as they have seen a triple-digit increase in transient-related crimes. They plan to increase police presence in that area to get a better handle on the situation.
“I am grateful to Chief Wyant and his officers for what they have done and what they are doing for our community,” said Mayor Wall. “I love living in Taylorsville because safety is a big part in it.”