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Reston Crime Down in 2012, Police Say

There has been a reduction in major crimes this year, but police are planning for a tighter budget and changes to come with Metrorail.

Robberies and burglaries both fell in Reston in 2012, says Kenny Bain, assistant commander of the Fairfax County Police Department's Reston District Station.

Bain spoke at the Reston Association Board of Directors' regular meeting on Thursday to give the station's annual wrapup of crime in Reston.

Some of the highlights:

* Crime is down everywhere in Fairfax County, said Bain. In Reston, there were 44 percent fewer robberies than in 2011. The closure rate of robbery calls in Reston is 58.42 percent, he said.

* Burglaries in the Reston area are down 1 percent compared to this time last year. The majority of burglaries have been residential, and 30 of them are attributed to one suspect who has been apprehended and will be sentenced Dec. 14.

* There is "very little gang activity" in Reston, Bain said.

* Citizens should be aware that budget cuts could affect several areas in 2013. One area that could be cut is middle school resource officers, said Bain.

"Police have been asked come up with a 5 percent reduction in budget," he said. "There is a $170 million shortfall, according to the county executive.  If it goes through, we may be cutting middle school officers."

* The new Reston District police station has been approved by Fairfax County and may break ground in January. It will be located next to the current station. It should take about two years to complete. When it is open, the old station will be torn down.

* There have been 190 DUI arrests in the jurisdiction so far in 2012. 

* There have been no sexual assaults in the jurisdiction which the suspect and the victim did not know one another.

* The opening of Metrorail's Silver Line in December 2013 will present new issues for public safety, said Bain. Some of the concerns are parking and traffic issues near the 2,300-spot parking garage at the Wiehle Avenue station, which will be the end of the Silver Line for several years.

All officers will take Metro safety training, and police will monitor for any spikes in crime that may come with more access to the area.

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