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Crime down in the area according to TBI annual report

May 6th, 2014 7:53 pm by Nathan Baker

Crime down in the area according to TBI annual report

Crime in Washington County and its municipalities generally fell from last year, according to statistics releasedTuesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Using
data from the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, the state
agency reported that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the
Johnson City and Jonesborough police departments all saw declines in
crimes against persons and crimes against property from 2012 to 2013,
matching a statewide trend.

Jonesborough
and Johnson City also saw decreases in the number of reported crimes
against society, which include drug, gambling and prostitution offenses.

In Washington County, reported crimes in that category increased 17 percent, driven mostly by a rise in drug violations.

According
to the TBI data, all three municipalities improved their rates of
clearance, Washington County from 46.4 percent to 47.9 percent, Johnson
City from 61.3 percent to 64.1 percent and Jonesborough from 52.9
percent to 57.1 percent.

In
Johnson City, crimes against property, a category that includes
burglary and thefts, fell by more than 300 reported cases in 2013,
representing a 7.8 percent decline.

JCPD
Major Garry Younger attributed that statistic to an $800,000 federal
grant through the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project, which
allowed officers to focus more manpower on designated locations in the
downtown and Mountain Home neighborhood areas.

“Burglaries
and vandalisms are down, that’s something we can patrol for,” Younger
said. “Any time you have patrols and extra visibility, those are the
kind of crimes that are going to go down.”

Future
crime fighting efforts in the county will be aimed at turning back the
incoming tide of methamphetamine production and use, Sheriff Ed Graybeal
said.

He
and other sheriffs across the state committed to dedicating additional
resources to stopping the prevalent drug at a recent state Sheriffs’
Association meeting, he said.

For the full TBI report generated using the TIBRS data, visit www.tbi.tn.gov.

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