Reported crimes in Pine Bluff decline in November

After seeing the first increase in reported crime in nearly a year in October, reported crime in Pine Bluff dropped nearly 9 percent last month compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the police department.

For November there were a total of 457 crimes reported, 44 less that for November 2011, resulting in an 8.78 percent decrease.

Department figures indicate one of the biggest decliners in November were reported burglaries, going from 141 in November 2011 to 83 last month. So far this year, there have been 1,006 burglaries reported in the city limits, or 446 less than for the same time period in 2011. That’s a 30.72 percent decrease.

Motor vehicle thefts also dropped from 21 last year to 14 last month, while reported thefts increased from 173 to 194.

For the year, total crimes against property — that is, burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts — are down 4.27 percent, according to the department report.

Looking at crimes against persons, there were 32 aggravated assaults in November 2012, two fewer than for the same month last year.

Half as many rapes and reported rapes were reported last month (three), than were reported a year ago (six), while robberies dropped from 18 in November 2011 to 14 last month.

Simple assaults increased from 106 in November 2011 to 115 last month, and there were two murders in both November 2011 and November 2012.

For the year, there have been 17 murders reported in the Pine Bluff city limits, which is five more than were reported for the same period in 2011.

According to figures compiled by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, there were 11 burglaries reported in November 2012, compared to six in November 2011, while reported thefts declined from 38 in November 2011 to 32 last month.

Reported auto thefts increased from 10 in November 2011 to 13 in November 2012. Eight of those vehicles were valued between $5,000 and $25,000, the report said.

In terms of crimes against persons, there were no homicides reported outside the Pine Bluff city limits in November, and in fact, there has been only one homicide this year that was investigated by the sheriff’s department. That homicide occurred in April.

No rapes or attempted rapes were reported in November 2011, while there was one reported last month. One robbery was reported for each month.

The county statistics showed two aggravated assaults in November 2012, two more than were in November 2011.

The categories in the sheriff’s department report do not indicate simple assaults, although they do reflect one second-degree assault.