The number of break-ins in Quincy increased by an estimated 200 percent during the month of December.
Quincy’s Chief of Police, Walter McNeil, gave a report on this rise in crime at the City Commission meeting on January 14. He stated that the average number of break-ins per month has been about 10; however, that number increased to 30 during the month of December.
McNeil reported that there were 83 arrests made during Quincy’s “robbery season,” a term used to describe the holiday months of November and December. The total number of burglaries was 163.
Almost all of the people arrested have been in and out of incarceration, reported McNeil.
“Citizens must do their part,” he said. An estimated 30 percent of those who experienced break-ins had not properly secured their doors, windows, or window air conditioning units.
Commissioner Derrick Elias recommended hiring more officers after McNeil reported that there are only two investigators and 23 total employees in the Quincy Police Department.
Elias also suggested buying more police vehicles. According to McNeil, the city has already approved the purchase of six additional police vehicles although the QPD has not yet made that purchase.
In response to the current state of crime, McNeil told the City Commission that the QPD will be carrying out more planned arrests over the next couple of weeks.