Tuesday, December 29, 2015 || By Nicholas Samuel || Updated: 12/30/15
As of November of this year, the Maywood Police Department reported 13 homicides for 2015, compared to seven homicides each year for 2014, 2013 and 2012, according to information released by the department.
Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley Jr. said the marked increase in the homicide rates is largely due to criminals being released from federal, state and local detention facilities.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that’s the reason. These individuals get released from prison, but we don’t have services set up for those people to become productive citizens of society,” Talley said during a recent interview.
“You have a lot of people being released from prison with that influx of individuals who’ve previously committed crimes and need to find employment. When people can’t find meaningful employment, they turn to other methods.”
Talley said that a majority of the crimes are related to gang activity.
“The gang culture acts on retaliation. If something happens to a member by a rival gang, they avenge him by retaliating,” Talley said.
The police chief said he doesn’t know why that exists and that kids should learn conflict resolution in school.
“When I was a youth, we would get into a fight, somebody would win and somebody would lose and we would be able to talk it out and move on. I don’t think that exists in the gang culture.”
Despite the uptick in homicides, however, the village has experienced an overall decrease in certain crimes, such as aggravated battery, burglary, theft and robbery over the past few years.
As of November 2015, the Maywood Police Department reported 103 cases of aggravated battery this year, compared to 108 in 2014, 93 in 2013 and 119 in 2012.
MPD also reported 193 cases of burglary in 2015, compared to 207 in 2014, 295 in 2013 and 397 in 2012.
For theft, 284 cases were reported in 2015, compared to 365 in 2014, 447 in 2013 and 489 in 2012.
For robberies, 71 cases were reported in 2015, compared to 82 in 2014, 90 in 2013 and 94 in 2012.
Talley said, with the holiday season now in full effect, residents should be cautious when shopping at local stores.
“You can almost anticipate that crime will happen because of the holiday season,” Talley said. “Don’t leave packages in your car, lock your doors, walk in groups and limit your cash flow.”
Crime statistics for 2015 didn’t include cases that have happened in December. VFP
Correction: This post has been updated to omit a statement that was attributed to Chief Talley, but that misstated what he, in fact, said. A previous article noted that Talley said that the police didn’t have crime under control. This was not what was said. The Village Free Press regrets this error.