Sheriff's office: Reported crimes in county declined in September

Reported crimes in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County declined 14.37 percent in September when compared to a year ago, according to the monthly report from the sheriff’s office.

Last month, there were 149 reported crimes, 25 fewer than in September 2012.

Looking at specific categories, there were 14 burglary or breaking or entering incidents reported, nine less than for the same month last year, while thefts from buildings increased from five to nine and motor vehicle thefts increased from two in September 2012 to three last month. Thefts from buildings also increased in September, with five reported. There were none during the same period a year ago.

Reported incidents of vandalism, damage or destruction of property showed a slight increase, going from two in September 2012 to three in September 2013.

Drug and narcotic offenses showed a big jump, rising from two in September 2012 to ten last month, while reported DWI’s increased by four: from six in 2012 to ten last month.

Specifically, six of the drug-related cases were misdemeanors and of two reports of possession of drug paraphernalia, one of those was a misdemeanor.

Looking at misdemeanor traffic offenses for the month, sheriff’s deputies reported three citations for driving while a license was cancelled, suspended or revoked, two more for driving without a license, two for failure to produce proof of liability insurance, one for disregarding a stop sign and one for driving left of center.

There were six reported third-degree domestic battery incidents reported last month and two incidents of violating an order of protection.

Twenty-five unclassified non-criminal reports were taken by deputies during the month.

The monthly report does not include Pine Bluff or White Hall.