LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Sheriff Thomas Dougherty announces a 26.20% decrease in Index Crimes over the last three years in Livingston County.
According to a press release from Sheriff Dougherty, when comparing the total index crimes from 2012 to the same crimes in 2015, there was an overall decrease from 1195 to 882. The greatest decrease was in property crimes, where there were 335 fewer crimes over the same time frame, for a 29.40% reduction.
“These numbers are great,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “But what these numbers really mean is there were a lot fewer victims of crime in our county. The fall in crime can not be attributed to one event or one investigative technique.”
The total index crimes reported to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for the same time frame decreased from 537 to 397, for a 26.10% reduction. The greatest decrease was also in property crimes, where there were 150 fewer, for a 29.30% reduction.
Crime prevention and investigation techniques have been key. These include directed patrols to areas that have a spike in crime, follow-ups to reported crimes, greater communication with residents through community policing, and special enforcement operations like Operation Safe Interstate.
“Some of the techniques utilized or instituted over the past couple years include Operation Safe Interstate,” said Dougherty. “This effort has resulted in not only safer roadways, but has resulted in numerous drug arrests. Operation Safe Interstate, along with the great work of the Drug Task Force, has removed a great deal of narcotics, drug dealers and drug users off the streets along with the ability of the drug offenders to perpetrate other crimes that support their habit. These offenders are removed from the community, taken directly to jail, booked, and held in jail prior to their arraignment.”
Dougherty said that law enforcement agencies work diligently to share intelligence amongst their leaders, sometimes resulting in joint investigations.
“When we compare our Sheriff’s Office cleared cases to that of the national averages, we can see in the numbers what a great team we have,” said Dougherty. “Our clearance rates far exceed the national averages in each category. Our success is due to the hard work of the men and women of this Office and I couldn’t be more proud of them. The citizens we serve are also a key component to preventing and solving crimes. The residents have been outstanding to work with and we will continue to build on our great relationship.”
The Sheriff thanked residents for their help in preventing and solving crimes.
“Some folks that follow our Facebook page,” notes Sheriff Dougherty. “On Twitter or see our arrests on the news may think that Livingston County has a lot of crime. The reality is Livingston County is one of the safest counties. We will continue to work hard to make it even safer and we thank the community for their continued support.”