For some reason I decided to do some research and write something relating to how drugs affect crimes today. And then Joe brought me the Jasper News. On the front page it states “Crime up 30.9 percent in Hamilton County as compared to the statistics in 2016. This was according to the 2017 Uniform Crime Reports released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Violent Crimes increased 116,.7% and there was a total of 407 offenses reported in 2017 as compared to 311 offenses in 2016. There were two murders, eight rapes, 11 robberies; 100 burglaries (which we know were more but not reported among relatives); 57 aggravated assaults; 200 larceny offenses and 29 motor vehicle thefts. Of the two murders one was with a firearm and the others with hands, fist or feet. Of the 57 aggravated assaults, 23 were with a firearm; 12 were with a knife or cutting instrument; 13 were with hands, fist or feet and the nine were other.
Of the 100 burglaries, 49 were forced entry and 51 were no forced entry. Of the 200 larceny offences, 31 were shoplifting, 46 were from motor vehicles, 11 were motor vehicle parts and four were bicycles; 44 were from a building and 64 were from other.
The total number of arrests increased from753 in 2016 to 899 arrests in 2017.
Domestic violence offenses increased to 82 as compared to 55 in 2015. There were 10 aggravated assaults and 70 simple assaults.
In 2016, the property value stolen was $551,671 and $191,734 was recovered.
Within the county, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office saw a 44.1 percent increase in crime in its jurisdiction.
In Jasper the crime rate increased 33.8%. The White Springs’ crime rate increased 2.8% with it’s police force working 37 offenses, just one more than 2016. This small percentage increase is probably attributed to the fact that White Springs does not report some of their crimes and that many officials are able to hide said crimes. The crime rate decreased 91.7% in Jennings with the Jennings Police Department responsible for one offense. Our Congratulations to Jennings.
YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT THE REASON WE HAVE SO MUCH CRIME IS NOT ATTRIBUTED TO DRUG USE AND SALES!
Karin for the blog