by Joe Bachman
Wisconsin Rapids may have seen a slight increase of crime in 2015, but the new narcotics detective will have a positive effect on crime in the community that will reach into and reduce other areas of criminal activity.
According to annual numbers, in 2015, the Wisconsin Rapids area witnessed an increase in burglary, drug possession and theft. However, Wisconsin Rapids also saw significant decreases in sexual assaults, criminal damage to property and traffic accidents. The focus, according to Wisconsin Rapids Police Lieutenant Brian Krzykowski, is on drugs in Wisconsin Rapids.
“We know when these numbers go up, the thefts and the burglaries go up, too. They have to supply their habit and come up with the money somehow,” said Krzykowski.
There has always been a narcotics officer in Wisconsin Rapids, Krzykowski said, but the sentiment held by many is that the added narcotics officer will, in theory, drop the number of crimes related to drugs, such as burglaries and thefts. However, this will depend on the number of drugs still coming into the community. “The idea is that this is not a desirable place for dealers to do their business, and to get out of here; or to get treatment.” said Krzykowski.
Krzykowski also said the importance of Crime Stoppers, which is the program where residents can report crime anonymously, even sometimes for cash rewards. “The reports we’ve had have been very helpful for us,” said Krzykowski. “If you don’t want garbage in your neighborhood, you have to let us know about it.”
There are three ways to contact Crime Stoppers, said Krzykowski. — by calling 1-877-325-7867, texting CRIMES (274637) from your mobile device with the keyword “WCCS”, or by visiting their website at http://www.woodcountycrimestoppers.com.
There is optimism for the future, Krzykowski said, referencing messages they have received from past drug-users who thanked the department for their efforts in helping them become clean. “We live here, too; we shop here, our kids go to school, here, and we don’t want to see our community decline; we want to see it thrive,” he said.