No one lost their life to murder in 2012 within Rutherford County (outside the cities) as overall crime dropped 1 percent for the year, said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.
“We are pleased no one died from a violent murder last year,” Sheriff Arnold said. “And we are pleased crime decreased overall, especially with murders, rapes, burglaries and thefts. With a partnership with citizens, we hope to reduce crime even more this year.”
In 2011, crime increased 26 percent primarily due to a sharp increase in assaults.
The sheriff’s office released its 2012 crime statistics this week showing crime dropped from 3,755 reports in 2011 to 3,720 reports in 2012 in the major categories for a 1 percent drop.
Decreases occurred in the categories of murder, rape (including all sexual offense reports), burglaries and thefts. Robberies, assaults, motor vehicle thefts and arsons increased.
“I believe burglaries and thefts dropped because of our visibility with patrol officers, who drove almost million miles,” said Sheriff Arnold. “With the help of citizens, we continuously strive to reduce crime and make Rutherford County safer.”
Of the reported crimes, detectives investigated 2,437 crimes and cleared 1,552 cases with 294 arrests.
Lt. Todd Sparks of the Criminal Investigations Division attributed the rise in some categories to decline of the economy.
“People look for money to support their drug habits or families during a bad economy,” Lt. Sparks said. “I believe the overall economic decline in the country affects people’s desperation levels. They will do what they can to support their family.”
Also, financial concerns may affect the stability of a home and act as a stress in domestic disputes and assaults, he said. Drug addictions may force people to commit crimes to support their habits.
In property crimes, motor vehicle thefts rose from 119 in 2011 to 165 in 2012.
“Many stolen vehicles are cashed in for scrap,” Lt. Sparks said. “We’ve recovered a lot of vehicles in scrap yards. The economy is causing people to look for alterative sources of money.”
Burglaries dropped significantly from 498 reports in 2011 to 394 reports in 2012.
Capt. Egon Grissom said he believes deputies patrolling in neighborhoods prevented burglars from breaking into homes.
“You can’t gauge how many crimes you deter by being visible,” Capt. Grissom said.
Citizens help reduce the crime by calling the Sheriff’s Office when they see suspicious activity in a neighborhood. Deputies respond and often find burglars preparing to break into a house or entering a home and make an arrest.
The arrests happen because vigilant citizens give information quickly, the captain said.
Sheriff Arnold said his office depends on citizens to provide information about crimes and suspects.
Sheriff’s deputies made 9,603 arrests in 2013.
· Answered 40,379 calls for service.
· Took 15,554 reports.
· Investigated 1,063 traffic crashes.
· Issued 4,990 traffic citations.
· Drove 1.9 million miles.
· Assisted 1,840 motorists with vehicle problems.
In other reports,
* Communications received 76,408 calls for service, including 31,274 911 emergency calls and 262,957 administrative calls.
* Booking processed 15,832 defendants who were arrested.
* Civil warrants deputies served 19,352 documents and drove 105,195 miles.
* Criminal warrants deputies arrested 1,658 wanted suspects and fugitives.
* Court Security deputies screened 259,963 people into the Judicial Building and Juvenile Court building.
* Fifty-three defendants were extradited from outside the state.
* Detention food services prepared about 3,000 meals per day.
Since 1986, the sheriff’s office booked 245,504 prisoners and filed 213,002 reports.
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