Burglaries in the city of Covington are down from the same two-month period over the past three years, but the perpetrators of those crimes are of a disturbing age.
According to information released by the Covington Police Department, there were 24 people arrested for crimes associated with burglaries from Dec. 1, 2014 to Feb. 13, 2015, and 22 of those individuals were between the ages of 11 and 17.
From Dec. 1, 2014 to Feb. 13, 2015, 17 individuals under 18 were arrested for burglaries. There were zero arrests of 18-year-old or younger individuals from Dec. 1, 2013 through Feb. 22, 2014, and five arrests of individuals under 18 from Dec. 1 through Feb. 15.
While juvenile arrests were up in the last three years in the two month period between December and January, reported burglaries were down. From Dec. 2012 through Feb. 15, 2013, there were 39 reported burglaries, down to 27 from Dec. 1, 2013 through Feb. 14, 2014.
Among the 24 burglaries from Dec. 1, 2014 through the second week of February, 2015, eight, or 34 percent were residential burglaries with forced entry, and 5 or 21 percent were residential with non-forced entry.
For the same period in 2013 and 2014, 10 burglaries were residential with forced entry and nine were residential with non-forced entry. In the two month period of data released by CPD from 2012 to 2013, 22 of the burglaries were residential with forced entry and seven were residential with non-forced entry.
Of the 2014-15 residential burglaries, a majority of the burglaries occurred in the southwest corridor of Covington.
The combined cost of each burglary reported during the period from Dec. 1, 2014 through Feb. 13, 2015 was $6,932.98 cents, according to CPD reports. Among the items stolen were an iPad, two bicycles, electronics, candy, two pit-bull dogs and three firearms that were later recovered. According to CPD information the burglaries occurred on Brown Bridge Road, Jefferson Avenue, Lakeview Drive, Lakeview Place, Laurel Drive, School Street, Spillers Drive, Thrash Street and Washington Street.
An analysis on the frequency of burglaries conducted by CPD revealed that between Dec. 1, 2014 and Feb. 13, 2015 burglaries were most frequent on Friday, and were reported to have occurred between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. the following day.