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Crime rate in area steady as nation's rate falls

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FBI data released Monday shows that crime decreased for the third consecutive year across the nation, while crime numbers in Richmond County appear relatively flat.

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A preliminary draft of the FBI's Uniform Crime report said law enforcement agencies across the U.S. reported a decrease in violent crime of 5.5 percent and a drop in property crimes of 4.9 percent in 2009 compared with 2008. Data from Richmond County is not included in the preliminary report, because it includes numbers from cities only. Augusta-Richmond County is considered a county for statistical purposes.

But according to numbers from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, crimes stayed relatively flat from year to year.

Violent crimes -- defined by the FBI as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- showed only slight increases and decreases.

There were 17 fewer rapes in 2009 but 76 more aggravated assaults, sheriff's data shows. All robberies were up by only 15 reported cases year-over-year. Murders were down by one case.

Property crimes included 263 more burglaries, 93 more thefts by taking and 119 fewer car thefts.

Sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles said he thinks the economy has played a part in any local increase in property crimes.

"It's pretty common and it's what we brace for," Peebles said. "It's what we had to deal with through 2009."

He said numbers show a slight increase in armed robberies, aggravated assaults and murders in 2010 compared with 2009. Commercial armed robberies, burglaries and theft-by-takings are down so far this year, he said.

According to the FBI, violent crime fell in the South by 6.6 percent. It also dropped in the West by 5.6 percent, declined by 4.6 percent in the Midwest and 3.5 percent in the Northeast.

The national violent crime rate grew in 2005 and 2006 after years of decline. But it began falling again in 2007 and, according to the preliminary data, has continued to drop. The FBI collects data from about 13,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to compile its annual crime report. The final version will be released in the fall.

By the numbers
 20082009
Murders2827
Rapes120103 
Aggravated assaults312388
Armed, other robberies777792
Burglaries2,9803,243
Thefts-by-taking9,7309,823
Automobile thefts1,6931,574

Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office

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ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 05/25/10 - 05:04 am
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My math shows about 1000 more

My math shows about 1000 more crimes than the previous year...that's a sizable increase..not steady...

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/25/10 - 07:03 am
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So, if poverty causes crime,

So, if poverty causes crime, (theory promoted by the left for the past 40 years) and obama is steadily driving the economy down and crime is falling, what does that mean for the poverty/crime theory?

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Riverman1 05/25/10 - 08:03 am
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This is a puzzling report as

This is a puzzling report as far as Richmond County is concerned. The south has showed the biggest drop in crime in a nationwide pattern of decreased crimes. Yet, we are actually up a little here. In addition, our economy was spared the worst of the recession according to most sources. It's an unusual statistic all around.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/10 - 08:13 am
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Countyman isn't going to like

Countyman isn't going to like this story.

gmt
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gmt 05/25/10 - 08:36 am
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ZenoElia, you might want to

ZenoElia, you might want to check your math. I came up with 310. Up a little less than 2% over last year.

peonynut
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peonynut 05/25/10 - 09:20 am
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The UCR is only as good as

The UCR is only as good as the department reporting it. There is no room for first charges and pleas therefore it can look any way the reporting agency wants it to look.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/25/10 - 04:05 pm
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countyman? buehler? buehler?

countyman?
buehler?
buehler?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 05/25/10 - 04:06 pm
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Well as far as Augusta not

Well as far as Augusta not suffering from the recession as much as other places.. well that's a bit misleading. Don't forget that Augusta pretty much missed out completely on the boom of the latter half of the 90s into the first few years of 2000s. While other areas saw robust job growth and development, Augusta's numbers were flat. Nearly a quarter of our population lives below the poverty line.. that is unreal. Until this city faces what its priorities should be, instead dwelling in a fantasy world akin to countyman's.. these problems will continue.

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AutumnLeaves 05/25/10 - 09:01 pm
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What you said. Thanks

What you said. Thanks Emerydan.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/29/10 - 09:33 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/29/10 - 10:42 pm
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Gargoyle, excellent chart,

Gargoyle, excellent chart, but let me also point out that the statistics use all of the consolidated county. As bad as the stats are imagine what they would be like if only the old city population was used and just the crimes in that area. The crime risk index for the old city area would be astronomical.

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