Most crimes down but crashes up in Dalton

Jan. 23—Crime in most categories remained below five-year averages in Dalton through the end of December, according to data presented to the Dalton Public Safety Commission on Tuesday. But the number of motor vehicle crashes was up compared to the five-year average.

There were 858 Part 1 crimes such as homicide, motor vehicle theft and burglary through December, compared to the five-year average of 1,029.

There were 4,869 Part 2 crimes like fraud, vandalism, drug possession and drug sales, down from the five-year average of 5,370.

There were 65 violent crimes through the end of December, under the five-year average of 98. Violent crime includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

There were 793 property crimes, down from the five-year average of 931.

There was one homicide through the end of December, which was down from two through December in 2022; 15 rapes reported, up from 10; 11 robberies, down from 20; 57 burglaries, down from 84; 44 motor vehicle thefts, down from 70; and 38 aggravated assaults, down from 62.

Forgery/counterfeiting fell to 69 from 71; liquor violations rose to 96 from 81; and public drunkenness fell to 87 from 97.

There were 1,455 motor vehicle crashes through the end of December, compared to the five-year average of 1,364 and to 1,425 for the same period in 2022.

For December, there were 140 crashes, up from 123 in November.

Dalton police officers responded to 31 crashes with injuries. Those crashes resulted in 45 people injured with one serious injury and one fatality.

Failure to yield played a role in 26 crashes, and following too closely played a role in 25 crashes.

Fridays and Saturdays were tied for the most crashes, with 26 each. Wednesdays had the fewest crashes with 13. The period from 4 to 6:59 p.m. had the most crashes, with 39, followed by 11 a.m. to 1:59 p.m. with 26.

Walnut Avenue and Chattanooga Road were tied for the most crashes with 15 each. Those two streets typically have the most crashes because of the volume of traffic on each.

The Dalton Fire Department answered 326 calls in December, according to data provided to the commission. Of those, 195 were medical calls.

Fourteen calls were for motor vehicle wrecks with injuries, and 13 were for motor vehicle wrecks with no injuries. Twenty-nine calls were canceled while firefighters were on their way.