Crime down, tickets up in Ocean Shores


Statistics released by Ocean Shores Police Chief Mike Styner show a slight decrease in several crime categories, compared to 2011.

And the OSPD is on pace to write by far the most traffic citations since 2002.

More than halfway into 2012, there were no reported homicides or rapes, and one robbery.

In 2011, there were no homicides, two rapes and one robbery.

The 2012 figures could change, as Rebecca Hebel has been charged with vehicular homicide and Jose Segovia has been charged with rape/child molestation.

Segovia entered a not-guilty plea last week. He is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl in Ocean Shores.

Hebel entered a not-guilty plea on July 30. A hearing for her is scheduled for Sept. 28. She is accused of causing the May 8 collision near Ocean Shores Elementary School that killed her boyfriend, Bryan Moorman-Trader.

Through July 31, there were 38 assaults, 35 burglaries, 45 thefts and no auto thefts this year in Ocean Shores, according to Styner. The burglary figure is the only significant increase over 2011; the other categories were even or showed a slight decrease compared to 2011.

In all of 2011, there were 64 assaults, 47 burglaries, 99 thefts and five auto thefts.

In the first seven months of 2012, Ocean Shores police made 110 arrests; 23 of those arrests were for domestic violence charges.

In 2011, police made 212 arrests in Ocean Shores; 42 of the arrests were for domestic violence charges.

Arrests reached a recent low of 152 in 2010. The highest number of annual arrests since 1995 came in 1996, when the OSPD made 466 arrests. The average from 2005 though 2011 is 232 arrests per year.

In the 10 years prior to 2005, the OSPD averaged 383 arrests per year.

Through Aug. 1 of this year, Ocean Shores police had issued 442 traffic citations; in all of 2011, the OSPD wrote 595 citations.

From 2003 through 2010, Ocean Shores police wrote 340-496 citations per year.

Since 1995, Ocean Shores police wrote more than 500 citations in 2011 (595), 2002 (819), 2001 (763), 2000 (757), 1999 (566) and 1997 (594).

There have been 24 traffic accidents through July, well below the pace of 2011, when there were 62 accidents reported.

Since 2000, there have been 42-70 accidents reported each year.