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Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 5 a.m.

Crime map for the week of July 31 - August 6, 2011

By Carol Tietz

79 serious crimes were reported in Ann Arbor for the week of July 31, including two assaults with a weapon and one sexual assault.

The Ann Arbor Police Department handled the following incidents:


agg = aggravated
att = attempted
csc = criminal sexual conduct

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Alan Goldsmith

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 : 5:50 p.m.

So how many of these crimes on an average are ever solved by the Ann Arbor Police? Is the Mayor still 'comfortable' with the cuts in Police and Fire staff?

Dog Guy

Sat, Aug 13, 2011 : 3:54 a.m.

This certainly is less readable and useful than the monthly Ann Arbor Observer crime map. How much is this inferior crime map costing us?

Roy Munson

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 12:16 p.m.

Look at the thing. There are an ASTOUNDING number of home invasions in Ann Arbor. Pick any timeframe you want - 2011 year to date, this month, last month. etc. Speaking from experience, just having a deadbolt isn't enough. There are a few things you can do other than getting an alarm if you can't do that for whatever reason. Most of the time, if there isn't something easy such as an unlocked door or window, these dirtbags will kick in your front door. 1. Check the screws that screw the plate into your door jamb for your deadbolt. You very well could have some really puny, short screws in there. Doors are incredibly easy to kick in if that is the case. Get to the hardware store and replace them with longer ones 2. Get a door reinforcer to put around your deadbolt on the door itself. Your door probably has a wood core and that will break apart if it gets kicked and shouldered, even if the outer shell of the door is steel. You can get these at any hardware store. It is much easier to put one of these things on if you are installing a new deadbolt, but if you are kind of handy, you can do it after the fact. Exactly how much stronger that makes the door is debatable, but it is clearly visable from the outside and the deterrent factor is what you are going for here. 3. Get one of the steel reinforcer kits to put into your door jamb. I got mine online and installed it myself. I am not handy by any means, but I did it pretty easily in a half hour. That thing will make it much harder for your door jamb to break and the door to open. The dirtbag probably would move on to an easier target after not accomplishing much with the first few kicks. There are a number of these things available online. I did the Strikemaster II. If someone REALLY wants in, they will get in. Just make it as tough as possible and hope they move on. MLive staff - I'm no expert, but an idea for a story might be to have a real expert weigh in and offer up some tips.

Tom Teague

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 12:34 a.m.

Thought the same thing, Jeff. There are 22 shown here. @Carol - Could provide the PD's defines ion of "Home Invasion" in a future story? It conjures up an image of strong-arm entry into a home, but does that jibe with the police usage? I'm sure it's scary for the victims no matter how it's defined.

Tom Teague

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 12:37 a.m.

btw, in my post "defines ion" = "definition." I'd blame it on the auto correct feature but I'm pretty sure it was operator error.

Jeff Renner

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 12:43 p.m.

There seems to be a large number of attempted and actual home invasions. I didn't count as I went through the map, but I would guess perhaps 20. I don't remember reading about anywhere this many here. Is this unusual? Is there a news story here?