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Overall crime numbers down in Augusta this year

Sheriff's Office cites Burglary Task Force

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 Aggravated assaults, robbery and rape cases for 2011 are at a five-year low in Richmond County.

Crime Scene Investigator Tom Johnson works along Dugas Street near the corner of 13th Street after a shooting.  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Crime Scene Investigator Tom Johnson works along Dugas Street near the corner of 13th Street after a shooting.

Last year, aggravated assaults in Richmond County were at a 10-year high.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said it’s never easy to pinpoint what actually causes a drop in crime; however, he can suggest several projects in the past year that have had an impact.

The Burglary Task Force, formed in February, has contributed to a decrease in burglaries in the county. In March, the sheriff announced the completion of a 19-month undercover sting called “Operation Fox Hunt” that put more than 70 people behind bars.

In his experience, economic factors and climate can have impacts on increases and decreases in crime, but there are too many variables to determine what the next year will bring.

In 2010, the sheriff’s office was dealing with the highest number of homicides the county had seen since the early 1990s.

With 21 homicides through October of this year, the total is 16 fewer than in all of 2010.

In general, crime is down for 2011. Child abuse, domestic violence and arson were the only categories with increases compared to the same time a year ago.

“When it comes to domestic violence, economy is always a factor,” Peebles said.

Studying the number of domestic violence incidents is often tricky, he said. Although it’s common to see more cases of abuse when the economy slows, the increase could also be the result of awareness persuading victims to report the crime, Peebles said.

BY THE NUMBERS

These numbers represent crimes through October:

CRIME20102011
Homicide3221
Rape8583
Aggravated assault233178
Robbery543398
Child abuse111120
Burglary3,0882,929
Theft by taking7,8097,078
Forgery888913
Auto theft1,4491,419
Domestic violence2,1932,518
Narcotics1,3411,237
Arson1829
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 12/02/11 - 12:31 am
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Thank you RCSO, and Augusta

Thank you RCSO, and Augusta Crime Stoppers.org. This proves when you offer huge rewards to locate criminals, citizens will call in so the cops can track them down before they kill again, or go on to bigger crimes.
Thank God lives are being saved by Ronnie Strength, Bonnie Mims, Captain Scott Peebles, Investigators Beckman, Chew, ect.. Major Weaver, Robbie Silas, Road Patrol's Captain Griffin, and every RC cop, but we may have some ruff sailing ahead.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/02/11 - 03:01 am
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RCSO does a great job with

RCSO does a great job with limited resources.

countyman
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countyman 12/02/11 - 03:26 am
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I wonder what the usual

I wonder what the usual suspects will say now.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/02/11 - 06:32 am
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The increase in domestic

The increase in domestic violence and child abuse cases is probably related to the discontinuation of several, community-based, child/adolescent programs and cutbacks to adult mental health services in the area. Now, instead of having someone that the individual or family could call for in-home counseling/intervention, the problem ends up escalating burdening the Richmond County Sheriff office and the judicial system.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/02/11 - 06:38 am
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ctyman...I will say we need

ctyman...I will say we need more "Operation Fox Hunts ' ..way to go RCSO...

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/02/11 - 01:18 pm
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The narcotics numbers are way

The narcotics numbers are way off.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/30/11 - 08:45 pm
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I agree with seenitB4. And

I agree with seenitB4. And Patty-P if she means the numbers of course don't reflect the real size of the narcotics problem here. But I think law enforcement is well aware of that and is doing as much as it can to address the problem. However, they can't do it without the help of law-abiding and concerned citizens like Patty-P. Too bad this county is running off so many good people.

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