As far as crime was concerned, 2012 was an unremarkable year, according to statistics released by the Riverhead Police Department.
Though a spate of robberies in Riverhead between October and January left residents talking about a spike in crime, statistics reported by Riverhead Police for the year just ended are on par overall with the three prior years.
Criminal incidents reported to police in 2012 increased just under 3 percent across the board compared to 2011, from 3,685 to 3,791. The number of criminal incidents reported to police in 2011 was down from the 3,772 incidents in 2010 and 3,830 in 2009.
Robbery reports rose to 29 in 2012 from 17 in 2011. But that number was down from 33 in 2010 and 43 in 2009.
Incidents involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs jumped from 156 in 2011 to 195 in 2012, the highest annual number over the past four years. Riverhead was the location of checkpoints set up by the East End DWI task force in the months of May, June, July, November and December. The East End DWI task force was formed in May of 2012 by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota . The multi-jurisdictional task force is comprised of officers from every East End law enforcement agency, plus county and state police agencies.
Riverhead Police reported no murders in 2012 — despite the fact that a homicide was committed in Riverhead in the spring. Guillermo Alfonso Alvarado Ajcuc, 21, of Riverhead, was charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mirian Garcia, 29. Garcia was found dead in a wooded area behind a Route 58 shopping center on May 7.
Suffolk County Police homicide detectives made the arrest and the county police department reported the crime to the state, according to Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller. Hegermiller said his department’s report can’t include an incident reported by another agency.
“I’m not happy about how that works, because this report should really be a report of all crimes within the jurisdiction, regardless of the agency that makes the arrest,” Hegermiller said. “In addition to it being a report to the state, it’s also a report to the public and for it to be informative, it should include everything,” the chief said.
Police recorded reports of 1,125 larcenies in 2012, a 9.2 percent rise over 2011.
Riverhead police reported 26,627 total incidents in 2012, of which 3,791 were criminal in nature. Included in the total number were 1,944 motor vehicle accidents and 854 calls for domestic incidents.
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