Readers often ask, "What are the most frequent calls to the police department?"
In this week's "You Ask, Patch Answers," we'll give you that info.
Property checks, bank checks, vacation house checks, park and walks and checks of the motel registers top the list of calls for the department.
Mark Leahy, Northborough's chief of police, recently sent a memo to the Board of Selectmen in town detailing the department's activities during the first six months of 2013.
"Our largest categories continue to be our fiercely proactive duties intended to prevent crime before it occurs," wrote Leahy.
Police responded to 3,501 building and property checks, 1,038 bank checks, 479 vacation house checks, 408 park and walks and 308 checks on motels.
Police also assisted the Fire Department at 450 ambulance calls and 203 fire calls.
"Motor vehicle violations continue to be of great importance," said Leahy, "as they constitute the greatest concern expressed to us by our citizens."
So far in 2013, police have issued 870 speeding tickets, 444 motor vehicle citations and 723 verbal warnings. Officers have also gotten 29 drunk drivers off the roadways. Burglar alarms totaled 296 and there were 86 911 hang-ups.
Northborough PD has investigated 153 property damage calls to motor vehicle accidents and 14 additional car accidents. Criminal investigations included 30 B&Es, 73 larcenies, seven assaults, seven death investigations, 53 family offenses, 34 fraud cases, 13 narcotics investigations, 32 shoplifting cases, seven threats, 10 trespassing matters and 32 cases of vandalism.
Leahy added that during the first six months, the department continued to feel the effects of a personnel shortage. Sgt. Demos Agiomavritis suffered a serious hand injury in June of 2012, and officer Robert Haglund suffered a head injury while on duty in April, 2011. Officer Nathan Fiske resigned on June 21 of 2013.
"We we enter our summer season," wrote Leahy, "we have 17 sworn personnel working-the same as we had in 1993. Our civilian staff of 7.5 is at full strength."