The total number of crimes reported to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department has dropped by about 25 percent in the past two years, Sheriff Paul White said.
He said overall crimes decreased by an even larger percentage, roughly 35 percent, from 2007 to 2012. Crimes against property, such as burglaries and thefts, fell about 20 percent over two years and close to 30 percent since 2007.
“This drop in overall crime can be directly attributed to proactive law enforcement and increased patrols of the rural areas of the county,” White said in a Monday press release.
The sheriff’s report regarding crime statistics for the past 10 years follows one recent announcement by District Attorney General Dave Clark that the number of crimes reported in Anderson County dropped again last year, continuing a six-year trend, falling 10.5 percent in 2012, and other announcement by Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi that reported crimes were down 9 percent in Oak Ridge in 2011 and 11.5 percent in 2012.
White has released a six-page analysis of the past 10 years.
According to a press release, highlights include:
- calls for service were down about 16.9 percent from 2011,
- civil process was down about 1 percent,
- criminal warrants were down roughly 6.6 percent,
- total arrests fell about 14.4 percent,
- total reports filed dropped about 15.7 percent,
- total reported crimes dropped about 15.4 percent,
- crimes against property fell roughly 15.9 percent,
- crimes against people increased approximately 3.8 percent, and
- the average jail population grew by about 6.5 percent.
The press release and operational analysis are available here.