Sheriff’s Office Briefs County on Crime

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office briefed the Mason County Commission Tuesday on crime in the County. Undersheriff Jim Barrett and Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling told the Commissioners when comparing statistics from 2015 to 2016, overall, crime is down.

The specific numbers presented to the Commission show an over 25 percent reduction in burglary (470 in 2015 to 357 in 2016 = down 25.47%); a nearly 10 percent recudtion in aggravated assault (71 in 2015 to 64 in 2016 = down 9.86%); a 10 percent drop in robbery (10 in 2015 to 9 in 2016 = down 10%); and an over 4 percent drop in larceny theft (631 in 2015 to 604 in 2016 = down 4.28%). However, auto theft was up nearly 21 percent (111 in 2015; 134 in 2016 = up 20.72%).

Some crimes show significant changes due to their small numbers. There were seven more rapes reported in 2016 than in 2015 which results in an increase of nearly 117 percent (6 in 2015; 13 in 2016 = up 116.67%). There were seven fewer arsons in 2016 (three) than in 2015 (ten) which is a decrease of 70 percent.

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