Reported crimes in county decline in August


Reported crimes in Jefferson County declined in August when compared with a year ago, according to the monthly report from the Sheriff’s Department.

Last month, there were 141 reported crimes, 24 fewer than for August 2012 — a 14.55 percent reduction.

The numbers include only the unincorporated areas of the county, and do not reflect incidents inside the city limits of Pine Bluff, White Hall, Altheimer and Wabbaseka.

Looking at some specific categories, there were 17 burglaries or breaking or entering incidents last month, one more than in August 2012, and reported thefts from buildings increased from two in August 2012 to four last month. There was one stolen auto reported last month, three fewer than for the same month in 2012, while thefts from parked vehicles increased from two last year to three this year.

Stolen property offenses took a big drop last month compared with August 2012, according to the report. There were four stolen property reports filed, 21 less than for the same month last year.

Aggravated assaults declined from four in August 2012 to three last month while simple assaults went up from 14 to 16.

There were no forcible rapes or forcible sodomy incidents reported last month.

Drug and narcotic violations stayed the same at four each, as did drug/equipment (paraphernalia) violations at two each.

Five people were arrested for DWI last month, one more than in August, 2012, and arrests for public intoxication declined from five in August, 2012 to three last month.

Two disorderly conduct incidents were reported last month, one more than in August 2012, and there were four reported incidents of criminal trespassing, one more than for the same period a year ago.

Another 38 incidents last month fell into categories that are not required to be reported to federal authorities, such as dog bites, animal complaints and the like.