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Targeted policing credited for Augusta crime drop

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Targeted community policing has led to a reduction in some Richmond County crimes during the first seven months of 2011, sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said Monday.

Violent crimes, in particular, dropped. The number of homicides went down 36 percent, and aggravated assaults fell 23 percent, according to figures for the first seven months of the year.

Peebles credited a 19-month undercover sting for reducing gun crimes. Operation Fox Hunt took nearly 200 guns off the streets, he said.

Armed robberies of people were down 43 percent, but commercial robberies rose 35 percent after a string of 26 robberies in January.

The year began with a four-year high in the number of burglaries; there were more than 400 burglaries reported in both September and November. Through July, the number of burglaries for the year – 1,970 – exceeded the total for 2010 – 1,939.

Records also show the number of burglaries generally dropping when compared with 2010, and Peebles expects that trend to continue. In July, for instance, there were 128 fewer burglaries than in the same month in 2010.

Peebles said the burglary task force formed at the beginning of the year has made an impact on those crimes. The task force is a small group of selected deputies who patrol only a specific area or neighborhood that has been hard-hit by burglaries.

In addition, investigators have been assigned geographical beats and exclusively work the burglaries in that beat, Peebles said. That includes meeting with neighborhood watch groups to gain information and encourage residents to report burglaries.

“That helps on the preventative side of things,” Peebles said.

The crime that went up the most was child molestation, which experienced a 22 percent increase, compared with this time last year.

By the numbers

                                        2010        2011*     Change

Commercial robbery     48             65           +17

Armed robbery              184          104         -80

Aggravated assault        169          130         -39

Rape                                  44           51            +7

Murder                             19            12            -7

Burglary                         1,939       1,970       +31

Narcotics                           936        871           -65

* Through July

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/15/11 - 11:56 am
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i highly recommend that
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i highly recommend that anyone interested in this stuff should watch the tv series now on dvd, the wire.

iLove
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iLove 08/15/11 - 11:57 am
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Thanks!
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Thanks!

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 08/15/11 - 12:04 pm
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LOL...and we believe this
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LOL...and we believe this because?.............

OIC
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OIC 08/15/11 - 12:20 pm
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I would prefer numbers

I would prefer numbers comparing 2009, 2010 and 2011.

AnotherOneBitesTheDust
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AnotherOneBitesTheDust 08/15/11 - 12:25 pm
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So Countyman has been right

So Countyman has been right along... time to buy that prime real estate up down on East Boundry

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/15/11 - 12:36 pm
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Is the last sentence in the

Is the last sentence in the news story constructed correctly? Does it mean that burglaries in 2010 were 32% lower than burglaries in 2011?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/15/11 - 12:38 pm
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You know how statistics

You know how statistics works. When you have a year that is abnormally high in crime (as was 2010), odds are that the following year will be lower in crime. Nothing big here.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 01:34 pm
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Murders, aggravated assaults,

Murders, aggravated assaults, armed robberies, etc are down compared to 2009 and 2010 too..

I keep trying to tell certain people how the local media operates... They print 90% of the crime in Richmond County, and report 20% of the crime in the surrounding counties..

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/15/11 - 01:26 pm
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Very misleading article. Of
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Very misleading article. Of course murders would be down if you had the highest on record the previous year. IMHO 1 murder should be unacceptable instead of celebrating that you are having less this year. We see why we don't have enough road deputies though. We are to busy giving raises to Russell's friends. Augusta politics at it's best. Makes you wanna take a bath everytime you hear about it.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 01:41 pm
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Fail.... Murders, aggravated

Fail.... Murders, aggravated assaults, armed robberies, etc are down in 2011 compared to 2009 too..

I notice the homicide in Aiken county last week had a total of one comment.. The usual suspects didn't comment on the article, but one of them had to be the first person to comment on the shooting in Augusta.. Certain people love to bring up the crime problem in Augusta compared to the county they actually live in..

Every county in the US can't celebrate because certain crimes are down in the year 2011. There's probably more homicides in Aiken County already this year compared to 2010..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 01:44 pm
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It is kinda hard to tell tax

It is kinda hard to tell tax payers in Richmond county to stop talking about crime in Richmond county...whether they live there are not...they PAY TAXES there.....own property there.....not just renting there....youknowwhatta mean...
Crime is still out of control in certain areas---check with folks on Meadowbrook-Windsor Spring--Richmond Hill--Wheeless rd--Lumpkin rd.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 10:00 pm
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Lol at the Richmond County

Lol at the Richmond County taxpayers comment. Please read the comments on the shooting last night in Augusta..

Besides Patty-P, almost 100% of the people who bring up the crime rate on a daily basis live outside of Richmond County..

According to you crime is taking over the entire city because of the shooting in Bethlehem.. The vacant homes, lots, etc have existed throughout the Bethlehem neighborhood for years.. The city recently decided to help clean up the community along with Laney Walker..

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 01:50 pm
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Yeah, and its' hard to tell

Yeah, and its' hard to tell people the so-called good news when homes in certain areas are still being burglarized on a daily (mine included), and murders and shootings continue in certain hoods (mine included). I can't see past the haze ya'll. Sorry.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 01:53 pm
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As usual countyman you don't

As usual countyman you don't know what you're talking about.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 01:58 pm
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Ask my sister about

Ask my sister about crime....she lives in Martinez BUT her business is on Telfair....she has had copper taken so much she had to fence & lock her ac down....ask billyjones...his business is in Harrisburg....trouble also & next door to him the lady is moving because of so much trouble w/crime...could it be that so many have already left already & that is the reason the stats are down somewhat??

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countyman 08/15/11 - 02:05 pm
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It's hard to tell people the

It's hard to tell people the so-called bad news when new companies, hotels, industry, retail, restaurants, etc continue to flock to Augusta on a daily basis..

SeenitB4.. I thought crime was taking over the entire city due to the shooting in Bethlehem... According to the sherriff's office murders, aggravated assaults, armed robberies, etc are down this year... Nobody said crime or bad neighborhoods don't exist in Augusta, but the city is much safer than you guys try to make it seem. Recently there was two robberies in Martinez(armored truck & convenince store, and copper being stolen is nothing compared to those two crimes..

Richmond County leads the CSRA in the number of commercial permits.. People are moving here on a daily basis and the crime rate continues to drop...

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 02:04 pm
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countyman you'll be singing

countyman you'll be singing the Mr. Rogers theme song until someone kicks your door in and robs or assaults you. Then you too will want to see something done about crime where YOU live. And don't tell me you don't have crime where YOU live, it just hasn't happened to you yet. If it can happen to the judge, it can happen to you. Criminals don't discriminate.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/15/11 - 02:02 pm
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Big deal. This is like saying
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Big deal. This is like saying that because it's warmer today than yesterday, then the weather must be improving.

I'd like to see a graph which covers the last 10, 20, 30 years. Sometimes an overall decreasing trend or increasing trend can be masked by year-in, year-out fluctuations due to various factors. Graphs of this nature seldom go straight up or straight down. There are blips and falls all over the place, just as a graph of daily temperature will show peaks and valleys as we head from winter to spring, while the overall trend is to increase.

A decrease in numbers is always welcome but let's not try to extrapolate these figures beyond what's appropriate.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 02:03 pm
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Don't forget the lady in

Don't forget the lady in Norton Acres off Wheeless....she had break-ins & a gun held to her head & she is moving also....the drug sweep knocked some of the crime down for a few days......but I guess they are out again & it is back to business as usual .

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 02:08 pm
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yeh patty....one day he will

yeh patty....one day he will meet the jerks we are talking about-----they won't care how rosey he paints the Augusta picture..they will just want his tv-money-car-goods.......I wonder what he will post after that?? Not wishing bad luck on anyone but sometimes you have to feel the pain of others B4 you can understand .

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Vito45 08/15/11 - 02:10 pm
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kiwiinamerica says:"Big deal.

kiwiinamerica says:"Big deal. This is like saying that because it's warmer today than yesterday, then the weather must be improving.

I'd like to see a graph which covers the last 10, 20, 30 years. Sometimes an overall decreasing trend or increasing trend can be masked by year-in, year-out fluctuations due to various factors. Graphs of this nature seldom go straight up or straight down. There are blips and falls all over the place, just as a graph of daily temperature will show peaks and valleys as we head from winter to spring, while the overall trend is to increase.

A decrease in numbers is always welcome but let's not try to extrapolate these figures beyond what's appropriate."

I re-posted this in hopes everyone will read it a second time. You don't know what is happening until you look at trendlines; and you don't develop those off 2 or 3 datapoints.

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countyman 08/15/11 - 02:15 pm
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It's no point of debating the

It's no point of debating the subject matter anymore.. I've been saying the crime rate is down this year for sometime now.. The usual suspects told me I was living in fantasy land, my head was in the sand, I'm wearing rose colored glasses, etc lol...

The article in the Chronicle today backs up my statements..

We all know if CC or AC were to release their crime stats today.. Nobody will bring up the crime rate today versus 20 or 30 years ago lol...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 02:13 pm
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It doesn't back up

It doesn't back up ANYTHING.....you are leaving because we have so many incidents to post on here.

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countyman 08/15/11 - 02:27 pm
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I said copper being stolen is

I said copper being stolen is less of a big deal compared to the armored truck and conveinence store robberies in Martinez..

I'm done debating because our sherriff KNOWS a whole lot more about the crime rate than you guys.. Everytime there's a crime in Richmond County, the entire county somehow is dangerous lol.. The same people skip the crime articles in the surrounding counties..

The crime rate is down and the local sheriff agrees with my statement..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 02:24 pm
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It's a beautiful day in this

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

For folks living in lala land........thanks patty for thinking of this !

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/15/11 - 02:30 pm
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How credible were

How credible were self-collected and -reported data attributed to Enron? and to Atlanta Public Schools?

My point: There is an inherent conflict of interest between the collection and reporting of data by a bureaucracy when the data reports are utilized by a third party to determine the efficacy of that bureaucracy.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 02:35 pm
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Thank you seenitB4! That's

Thank you seenitB4! That's countyman's song. lol

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 02:37 pm
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You are right Craig....I've

You are right Craig....I've been saying for a while that those 'reports' aren't accurate at all. They don't report everything in the area where I live, that's why Countyman's stats mean nothing to me over here on the Southside.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/15/11 - 02:48 pm
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Countyman, I live in Richmond

Countyman, I live in Richmond County and certainly pay my fair share of taxes, the majority of which go to the miserable failure of a school system. As for the majority of your comments they are based on no merit and in many cases out right fabrications as has been documented by myself and others on many ocasions. If you really cared about Augusta you would admit the problems and try to help get them corrected like Lori Davis and others instead of burrying your head in the sand and giving false and misleading information. If we have 8 new businesses move into Augusta and 12 leave all we here from you is how great Augusta is because we have 8 new businesses even though in reality we are now at a net loss of 4. If the Sheriff hires 25 deputies in a quarter to replace 35 that quit due to pathetic salaries, benefits and working conditions due to answering tripple the calls per shift compared to any neighboring county you rave about how great it is that we have 25 new deputies and ignore that we are really 10 more short on top of the 41 positions that the commissioners did away with completly.

When a department has 40 positions cut and they are unable to currently fill another 40 positions, many crime stats will in fact go down. And if you think crime doesn't go under-reported or not reported at all in many areas of Augusta you are living in dream land.

That being said, the Sheriff has pulled many deputies to create a burglary task force and it is working. It is obvious he is doing everything in his power with the resourses he has to help keep crime under control.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/15/11 - 02:50 pm
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Look at the bright side. You

Look at the bright side. You are not living in Philly, Kansas City, the big ATL or England!

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