The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 25, 2006


Carlisle keeps low crime rate

Carlisle's high safety record has improved since Forbes Magazine recently rated it tops in safety. Using the number of burglaries as a measure, and data provided by the Carlisle police department communications manager, Mike Taplin, the figures for breaking and entering in Carlisle for 2005 and 2006 are as follows:

Police Lieut. Leo Crowe, speaking for the department in Chief Sullivan's absence, said the lower crime rate is associated with increased cooperation between towns in the area, in Carlisle's case, the towns participating in NEMLEC (Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council). NEMLEC members share information about ongoing events in their towns and are able to identify groups of criminals working in several towns. They are involved as well in the sometimes dramatic apprehension of perpetrators in an ongoing heist.

Just last week, on August 19, two officers investigated a residential burglar alarm on Nowell Farme Road. The burglar was apparently scared off by the alarm, but did gain entry. Police were able to collect "a good set of prints" which has since been sent to the state crime lab for possible identification. These prints may link the Carlisle attempt to one in another town where the town has more information about the perpetrator.

According to Lieut. Crow, the basis for the low rate of break-ins is regular and thorough police and community involvement, regular patrols, follow up on residential alarms, investigation of suspicious persons reported by residents and follow up on the investigation of ongoing cases. Lieut. Crowe says that though there has been little activity so far this year, break-ins usually increase in late summer.

Breaking and Entering

Type 2005 2006
Residential 4 1
Business 0 0
Vehicle 0 1

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