Recently in social media, there has been a lot of talk about the crime rate increasing in Naperville, during the first four months of this year, compared to the first four months of last year. Numbers support the talk of a higher crime rate in seven of eight categories including, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, murder (1 in 2017, none in 2016), robbery, and sexual assault. The only category of crime decreasing was theft; 371 in the first four months of 2017 versus 379 in 2016 equaling 2% decrease.
Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said police “typically look at three to five years of data,” rather than ” a four month snapshot.” However, from a resident’s point of view, what’s going on during the last four months is of more concern that what happened three, four or five years ago.
Marshall went on to say that Naperville has a lower rate of crime compared to other suburbs. Rather than Marshall comparing Naperville to the lowest common-denominator suburbs , he should be focusing on suburbs doing a better job of fighting crime, and acknowledge that Naperville needs to do a better job in fighting crime. There is no shame is saying Naperville needs improvement in combating crime.
Unfortunately Marshall is talking more like a politician, than a law enforcement officer. By doing so, it’s an insult to the residents of Naperville, and the rank and file in the Naperville Police Department, most all of whom know rhetoric from reality.
Watchdog has the utmost respect for Marshall’s long career as a law enforcement officer. Putting the uniform and the badge on, and putting his life and his safety on the line on a daily basis, for as long as he did, so the rest of us could live in a safer environment, deserves nothing less than total respect and appreciation for his service, and I for one salute and say ‘thank you’ for his service.
The residents of Naperville need Chief Marshall to aspire to a higher benchmark, by speaking as a police officer rather than as a politician, and focus on raising Naperville to the level of other suburbs and cities of comparable size throughout the country that have better safety metrics than Naperville.