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Crime down in the area according to TBI annual report

Nathan Baker • May 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

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.