Fewer crimes were reported in Woodbury in 2018 than the year before, according to numbers recently released by the Woodbury Public Safety Department.
The city saw a 9% decrease in part one crimes reported in 2018 as compared to 2017, which include rape, theft and aggravated assault. There was also a 29% decrease in part two crimes, which include things like fraud, property damage, prostitution, drugs and disorderly conduct, during the same period.
Total calls to Public Safety also decreased by 3% between 2017 and 2018. Non-criminal reports for things like littering and trespassing remained steady.
Not all crimes had fewer reports: the number of burglaries, for example, increased to 139 in 2018, up 19 from the year before. The reported number of DUIs in 2018 increased to 233, up from 210 the previous year.
There were also notable decreases, including steep drops in reports of disorderly conduct (937 reports in 2017, down to 409 in 2018) and property damage (343 in 2017, down to 177 in 2018).
While there were 19 reported cases of human trafficking in 2017, zero were reported in 2018. This was also the case with prostitution, with eight reported cases in 2017 and zero in 2018. Wendy Simone, an investigative technician with Woodbury Public Safety, attributed this to stings taking place in other cities during that year.