Reported county crime down slightly in May compared to 2012


Reported crime in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County dropped slightly in May compared to a year ago, according to the monthly report from the sheriff’s department.

There were 167 reported offenses last month, compared to 173 in May 2012, a decline of 3.47 percent. Total offenses, which included traffic violations, decreased from 214 in May 2012 to 202 last month.

Looking at specific criminal offenses, there were six motor vehicle thefts reported last month compared to just one in May 2012 and drug/narcotic violations doubled from three to six. Weapons law violations also increased from one in May 2012 to four last month and thefts from buildings jumped to nine compared to just two in May 2012.

Residential burglaries increased from eight in 2012 to 12 last month and so far this year, there have been 104 reported burglaries or breaking or entering cases that were investigated by deputies.

There were no reported rapes or attempted rapes last month, and one case of first-degree sexual abuse involving a person less than 16 years of age, and for the year to date, there have been three reported rapes or attempted rapes.

Aggravated assaults last month increased by two from one in May 2012 to three in May 2013. There have been 15 reported aggravated assaults so far this year.

Looking at traffic offenses, six DWIs were reported in May of this year, that is one less than in May 2012 while reported public intoxication offenses dropped from 12 last year to nine last month.

Four citations were issued for driving while a license was cancelled, suspended or revoked, and three for fleeing, one more than a year ago. One citation was issued for disregarding a stop sign.

Regarding drug offenses, there were seven people charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and one for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies wrote 18 non-criminal reports last month, investigated three violations of a protection order, and seven cases of first-degree criminal mischief.

The reported numbers do not include any offenses in the cities of Pine Bluff or White Hall.