County criminal reports showed decline in February compared to 2012

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies investigated 11 fewer crimes in February of this year than they did for the same month in 2012, according to the monthly report from the department.

Total offenses, including misdemeanors and traffic offenses however dropped by just two, from 174 in February 2012 to 172 last month.

Specifically in terms of criminal offenses, breaking or entering and burglaries jumped from 12 in February 2012 to 15 last month. Stolen property offenses increased from 10 in 2012 to 18 last month.

Thefts from buildings and from motor vehicles stayed the same as a year ago, with one each reported, and incidents of vandalism, damage or destruction of property dropped from 17 in 2012 to nine last month.

The sheriff’s department saw a decrease in aggravated assault reports, dropping from seven in February 2012 to three last month, while simple assaults declined by two, from eight to six.

There were three reported motor vehicle thefts last month, a decrease of one from 2012 numbers, and weapons law violations dropped just over 92 percent, going from 13 in February 2012 to one last month.

Reported incidents of third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor, stayed the same last month as in 2012, with five incidents reported each year.

There were nine arrests for public intoxication last month, eight more than in February 2012, while one person was charged with purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor.

In terms of drug related arrests, the department listed six in February, four of those felonies, and two instances of possession of drug paraphernalia, one of those a felony.

Looking at traffic offenses, the sheriff’s department reported seven DWI incidents in February, two more than for the previous year, while there were seven citations issued for failure to provide proof of auto insurance, five more than in 2012.

Other traffic violations included two citations for failure to register a vehicle last month, compared to one in 2012, and two citations for careless/prohibited driving, one more than in 2012.

The sheriff’s department reported two incidents of violation of an order of protection in February, four less than in February 2012.