Crime Statistics Released

By: Jeff Shepard
By: Jeff Shepard

The 2001 U.S. crime statistics have been released.

And compared to the national rate, crime in Lauderdale County is extremely low.

"Nationally they say crime was on the rise," said Sheriff Billy Sollie. "But if you look at our categories, we did not see a marked increase in any one area."

Of the eight categories that were measured, Lauderdale County saw decreases in four and increases in four.

Forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault and burglary all dropped in the county, with burglaries dropping over 12 percent.

Murder, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson all saw increases in 2001.

Sollie said most of the stolen automobiles were in the area of the industrial park. The sheriff also said programs such as CrimeStoppers and WTOK's new "Crime Net" feature go a long way in helping his department keep the crime rate down.

"Having the community assist us, being eyes for us and contacting us immediately after they see something, has made a major impact on the apprehension of criminals," said Sollie.

The sheriff thanked the residents of Lauderdale County and said their efforts are greatly appreciated.

"What it shows to us is that the community has the confidence level in our department that if they call, we're going to respond and we're going to investigate the crimes," the sheriff said.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department will cross reference the numbers against the rest of Mississippi to see just how safe it is to live here.


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