Residential and commercial burglaries climbed across the Town of Babylon in August, according to Suffolk County Police First Precinct officers.
Burglaries on the year were down 10 percent, according to Inspector Gerard Gigante, but saw a spike during August. Commercial burglaries across the precinct doubled from July to August to a total of 16 while residential burglaries climbed from 34 in July to a total of 36 in August.
Babylon Village saw four residential break-ins and West Babylon had three, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the total precinct-wide for August. Commercial areas faired better during the month, with only West Babylon seeing one commercial burglary while Babylon Village had none.
Babylon Village was yet again free of robberies for the month, Gigante reported, but did see one stolen vehicle during the month. West Babylon had two reported robberies and one stolen vehicle as well.
Across the precinct, stolen vehicles and robberies dropped off during the final month of summer. Gigante noted that these crimes tend to fluctuate during the year, but agreed it was good to see them down during a usually busy month.
First Precinct officers made a total of 710 arrests were made by First Precinct officers in August, down about five percent from July's 747 arrests.
Motor vehicle crashes dropped 14.4 percent to 560 in August, with 13.6 percent causing injury and only one fatality.
Thirty-three people were arrested during the month on DWI charges.
The next Community Meeting is expected to be held at West Babylon Public Library on November 7 at 7 p.m