DCP Chief: County crime figures lower

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- Contrary to the popular squawk, the number of property and violent crimes in the county have dropped from last year's numbers, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said.

The data presented to the Dougherty County Commission Monday cover crimes committed and cleared through the first six months of the year.

Violent crime totals for the first six months of 2011 are down 28 percent from the first six months of 2010. Property crimes are down 16 percent, Cheek said.

Total crime in the unincorporated area of Dougherty County is down 17 percent six months into the year.

Those statistics reflect three robberies, one forcible rape, six aggravated assaults, 51 burglaries, 123 larcenies and five motor-vehicle thefts.

"This is the snapshot data that is generally used to see how effective an agency is and what kind of impact they're having on crime," Cheek said. "Overall, I think the picture for us is real good."

Traffic-related data show that the department has issued 3,326 tickets during the first six months of the year and even more -- 3,478 -- warnings.

Those traffic contacts are better than 1,000 more than at this time in 2010, Cheek said.

The DCP has issued 436 warrants, 173 of which were for felony crimes, and responded to slightly fewer than 12,000 dispatch calls for service.

Since January, the department has recovered nearly $35,831 in stolen property and investigated 913 animal complaints.