Information provided by the Dover Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit shows they are on pace to set the highest clearance rate seen by the department in the last five years, said department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

“It is no secret that this specialized unit is considered tops in the state and one of the best in the nation, consistently solving robberies and burglaries at twice the national rate or more, but those numbers have risen even higher through the first half of 2014,” Hoffman said.

The numbers support the claim, Hoffman added:

1. Burglaries:  As of July 15th, the CIU Unit has handled 36 burglaries with 26 of those being cleared for a clearance rate of 72 percent. Burglaries are one of the most difficult crimes to solve; the national clearance average for all of 2012 was just 13.6 percent, meaning that through the first half of this year, the unit is nearly 60 percent above the 2012 statistic, and 14 percent over the 2013 clearance rate of 58.1 percent set by the unit when they investigated a total of 98 burglaries for the year.

2. Robberies: As of July 15, the CIU has investigated 48 robberies; of these, 39 have been cleared for an 81 percent clearance rate. The clearance rate for all of 2013 was 68.2 percent, Hoffman said, which was more than double the national average of 33.2 percent in 2012. Of the 48 robberies, four were bank robberies. Each of the four bank robbery investigations has led to an arrest of the suspect for a 100 percent clearance rate. The highest robbery clearance rate Dover Police have seen in the last five years was 71 percent in 2010. 

CIU Commander Lt. Dave Spicer attributes the high clearance rate to multiple factors.

“First and foremost, these numbers clearly show the dedication and determination the officers in this unit have to solve cases in a timely manner and make our community a safer place to live” Spicer said.

“The detectives truly care for their community and take great pride in being able to produce at such a high rate.” 

Spicer also added that the public should also take pride in the high success rate. 

“The amount of information we have received from the public due to our increased ability to share information about crimes through our website, social media, and smart phone app has been extremely helpful in solving many of our crimes.  The cooperation we receive from our citizens is extraordinary and they should be just as proud of these numbers as the detectives who are working these cases.” 

While the success rate is high, Spicer added the unit understands their continued hard work is crucial to keeping those numbers up. Officers in the CUI hope their momentum will continue through the remainder of the summer and roll right into the holiday season, ultimately ending in a record-breaking year for solving major crimes.