"The number of burglaries is a concern," says police chief John Seto, a twenty-five-year AAPD veteran who got the post last July. "But it's important to realize that one offender can cause significantly higher numbers, and we've made arrests that should have a positive effect this year." Seto cites ten key recent arrests, including an Ypsilanti Township couple involved in seven burglaries, a different pair believed responsible for five, and an eighteen-year-old connected to three.
"The AAPD is doing a fantastic job of catching perps," says Hieftje. "And they do it by traditional police work: investigating fences and pawnshops and tracing back to the criminals."
Seto says vehicle thefts increased last year for the same reason as burglaries: "A few people are committing them, and when we make arrests, we solve numerous cases."
"One of the reasons [for more property crime] is that heroin is back," says Hieftje. "There's a new supply available that's much stronger than before. In Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, there've been some overdoses, something we haven't had for several years."