Crime in Hilliard was down 10 percent in 2011, according to the annual report from the Hilliard Division of Police.

Crime in Hilliard was down 10 percent in 2011, according to the annual report from the Hilliard Division of Police.

"Over the last year, major crime is down 10 percent and down almost 18 percent over two years," Chief Doug Francis said at the Feb. 27 meeting of city council's public safety and legal affairs committee.

There were 886 major crimes in Hilliard in 2011, compared to 983 in 2010 and 1,074 in 2009. Major crimes are defined as murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, breaking and entering, theft, auto theft and arson.

"The biggest significant area is our thefts are down from 627 (in 2010) to 563 (in 2011)," Francis said. "Thefts are one of those crimes that bug us continually We've done a lot of extra patrols, and obviously it's paid off."

In contrast, there were 62 major crimes reported in Norwich Township 2011, up from 51 in 2010 and 69 in 2009.

There were two homicides in 2011, the first to be reported in the city in many years, Francis said. Overall reported crimes (which include misdemeanors) were up slightly with 2,671 in 2011 compared to 2,642 in 2010.

The police department received 46,048 calls for service in the city and the township in 2011, up slightly from 46,017 in 2010. On an average day, there are 127 calls for service. In contrast, there were 54,595 calls for service in 2008 and 47,501 in 2009.

"Our officers have less time than they've ever had to handle these calls," Francis said. The reason, he said, is that the calls are more complex in nature and require the use of more officers, as well as more paperwork.

On average, the police are responding in less than seven minutes to a call for service. In 2011, the response time was 6.92 minutes, compared to 7.46 minutes in 2010. Francis said, "That was one of my main goals, and I want to see us continually drop that a little more."

There were 821 accidents in the city and township in 2011, up from 818 accidents in 2010 and 766 in 2009. The accidents included one fatality, 13 pedestrians or bicyclists struck, and 281 persons injured.

The top accident locations were: Cemetery Road and Main Street (23 crashes); Cemetery and Lyman Drive (21); Britton Parkway and Davidson Road (21); Cemetery and Leap Road (19); Britton and Hayden Run Road (15); Cemetery and I-270 overpass (15); Scioto Darby Road and Main Street (13).

There were exactly 6,000 traffic stops in 2011, a 25-percent increase over 2010. There were 3,823 citations issued, with 177 drunk drivers arrested, 739 speeding citations, and no operator's license citations more than doubled over 2010 with 898 citations.

"One of the things we have been doing very aggressively is training our officers on drug and criminal profiling," Francis said of the traffic stops.

In addition, the use of drug-sniffing K-9 officers has helped identify drivers who have drugs in their vehicles.