Sheriff Office report: Crime in county declined in March

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated 49 fewer crimes in March than they did a year ago, according to the department’s monthly report.

The report showed there were a total of 167 total criminal incidents last month, compared to 216 in March 2012.

Total offenses for the month, including both criminal and traffic offenses, also declined, from 277 in March 2012 to 236 last month.

Looking at specific categories, there were 20 reported burglaries or breaking or entering incidents last month, one less than a year earlier.

There were five thefts from buildings, four thefts from vehicles and stolen property offenses totaled 13.

Drug and narcotic violations increased from 11 in March 2012 to 13 last month, while drug equipment/paraphernalia offenses declined from two in March 2012 to one last month.

The report indicated there were two aggravated assaults reported last month, down from four in March 2012, while reported simple assaults dropped from 15 in 2012 to 11 last month.

Five arrest were made for first-degree terroristic threatening last month, down from 10 in March 2012.

Six vehicle thefts were reported, four of those of vehicles valued at more than $1,000 but less that $5,000 and the remaining two on vehicles valued at more than $5,000 but less than $25,000.

The report indicated seven third-degree domestic battery incidents last month, the same number as in March 2012, while there was one second-degree domestic battery incident compared to none in March 2012.

Deputies made 10 arrests for DWI in March, three fewer than in March 2012, while arrests for public intoxication jumped from three in March 2012 to seven last month.

Looking at traffic offenses, there were 11 citations issued for driving while a license was cancelled, suspended or revoked last month, which was eight more than in March 2012. An additional three citations were issued for driving while a license was suspended for DWI, the same number as a year ago, and one citation for driving without a valid license.