Crime rate declines in city of De Soto during 2009
Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were more active in De Soto in 2009, and perhaps as a results the city’s residents were more peaceful.
A summary of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office’s activity in De Soto for 2009 shows deputies made 1,616 calls in De Soto in 2009, which was 13 percent more than the previous year.
The number of arrests for major offenses — felony and misdemeanor charges that are adjudicated in Johnson County District Court rather than De Soto Municipal Court — fell 4 percent, from 256 in 2008 to 246 last year.
Significantly,there was fewer violent crimes with battery and forcible sexual crimes falling while only one more assault was reported.
The consequences of a poor economy might be seen in the 38 burglaries in 2009, far outdistancing the 26 in 2008, the doubling of fraud cases, and increase in larceny/theft incidents.
There was a slight decrease in the number of driving under the influence cases in De Soto — which includes more than a 4-mile stretch of Kansas Highway 10 — with 69 tickets issued for the violation in 2009 or two fewer in 2008.
The was a 7 percent decline in less serious traffic citations, with 1,636 tickets issued in 2008 compared to 1,626 in 2009. Speeding citations in De Soto fell 2 percent from 943 to 927.
Johnson County deputies worked 101 accidents last year in De Soto, five less than the year before. There were 11 injury accidents in the city in 2009, compared to 12 in 2008.