Assaults increase as temperatures linger near triple digits


The onset of summer temperatures brought out typical summer attitudes with assaults spiking in July and dropping slightly for August but lingering on the high side.

“We always expect numbers to increase during the summer, especially assaults,” said HPD Chief of Police Chad Taylor, “hotter temperatures always tend toward more aggressive crimes.” 

In July, Henderson Police Department received 923 calls for service, while August’s calls dropped significantly to 813. Of these August calls, 736 were dispatched calls, with 77 being officer-initiated. 

Traffic-related incidents in August increased slightly as officers issued 113 citations compared to July’s total of 107 with warnings issued climbing to 251 in August from July’s 239.

Accident totals varied slightly, climbing from 27 in July to 29 in August. HPD officials continue to urge residents to be cautious of their surroundings, especially in parking lots and near intersections.

August burglaries decreased slightly with the cumulative total standing at nine compared to July’s total of 13. August burglary totals included seven burglaries of a vehicle and two burglaries of a building. July’s burglary of a habitation total of five dropped to zero in August. 

Assault cases for July came in at 30, with the aggregate total of assaults standing at 38, including the specific charges of 8 counts of aggravated assault. Those numbers declined slightly during August with a total of 30, four of which were aggravated.

Reports of theft in July and August both came in at 24 with August reporting two cases of theft of a firearm and one theft of aluminum, bronze, or copper. 

Reports of driving while intoxicated held steady at two for both July and August.

HPD reported one seldom seen charge of claiming a lottery prize by fraud and one for fraudulent removal or destruction of a price tag. 

Henderson’s crime statistics for the month of August, according to reports produced each day by the HPD and printed in The Henderson News, included the following:

• 26 counts of assault;

• 24 counts of theft;

• 14 counts of criminal mischief and city ordinance violation;

• Seven counts of harassment, burglary of a vehicle, harassment, and possession of a controlled substance;

• Six counts of failure to stop and exchange information;

• Five counts of disorderly conduct and unauthorized use of a vehicle;

• Four counts of aggravated assault;

• Three counts of reckless damage;

• Two counts of public intoxication, reckless driver, interference with child custody, driving while intoxicated, duty upon striking an unattended vehicle, and burglary of a building; and

• One count of cruelty to a livestock animal, engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, injury to a child, abandoning or endangering a child with the intent to return, interference with an emergency telephone call, attempted theft from an ATM, graffiti, mail theft, minor in possession of alcohol, minor in possession of tobacco, possession of child pornography with intent to promote, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, terroristic threat, tampering or fabricating evidence, failing to comply with a sex offender’s duty to register, and violation of a protective order. 

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