Gun Seizures Up, Auto Accidents Down in Bradley last year

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BRADLEY, Ill. – During the Bradley Village Board Meeting on Monday, Police Chief Don Barber presented the annual crime statistics report for 2022. 

According to the report, major crimes in Bradley decreased significantly last year, with no homicides reported compared to two in 2021. 

The report shows a substantial drop in sexual assaults by 83%, aggravated battery by 36%, and burglaries by 59%. However, vehicle thefts rose by 56%, and seizures of illegal firearms during traffic stops increased a shocking 88%.

Despite the decrease in major crimes, the police department spent more time investigating domestic battery cases, which rose by 11%, and making domestic battery arrests, up by 14%.

Additionally, the report showed a decrease in auto accidents, with only 836 accidents reported in 2022, down from 917 in 2021.

Chief Barber commended the police department’s efforts in reducing major crimes, but expressed concern over the rise in vehicle thefts and illegal firearms seizures. He urged the public to take precautionary measures to prevent thefts and to report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

The Bradley Police Department will continue to monitor crime trends and work towards reducing crime in the community.

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