Reported crimes in county drop in November compared to last year

Reported crimes in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County declined more than 33 percent in November, compared to the same month in 2012, according to the monthly report from the sheriff’s office.

Last month, there were 104 crimes reported, 52 fewer than for November 2012, for a 33.33 percent decrease. Federal statutes require that those numbers be reported to the FBI each month.

The figures include only the unincorporated areas, and do not include any incidents in the cities of Pine Bluff, White Hall or Redfield.

Among the crimes which decreased were burglaries/breaking or entering, which went from 21 in 2012 to 14 last month, and motor vehicle thefts, which declined from 17 in November 2012 to one last month.

Declines were also seen in stolen property offenses, which dropped from 28 in November 2012 to six last month, and in simple assaults, which had a 50 percent reduction from 12 in November 2012 to six last month.

Drug and narcotic violations increased last month compared to the same month a year ago, going from one in November 2012 to seven in November 2o13. Also increasing were reports of intimidation or threats, which jumped from nine in November 2012 to 13 last month.

Looking at traffic offenses, which are not required to be reported, one citation was written for disregarding a stop sign, one for driving on a suspended driver’s license, one for not using a seat belt and four arrests were made for DWI.

Also not required to be reported were incidents of misdemeanor domestic battery, and according to the sheriff’s department report, there were seven incidents last month, including one that resulted in serious injury.

Sheriff’s deputies took 20 non-criminal reports last month and investigated one incident of violation of a protection order.