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Richmond County crime drop mirrors nation's

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A drop in violent and property crimes in Richmond County in 2011 reflected what’s happening nationally, according to preliminary annual crime data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week.

The release said that the nation experienced a 4 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes from 2010 to 2011.

The information is based on data the FBI gathered from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.

All four violent crime categories – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – dropped nationwide. In the South, violent crimes decreased by 4.5 percent.

In Richmond County, all violent crime categories dropped. The largest drop was in armed robbery, which saw a 25 percent decline.

“No one has the perfect answer of why,” Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

However, Strength pointed to continued aggressive enforcement by deputies in high crime areas as one possible explanation.

Undercover operations such as Operation Fox Hunt in 2011, which yielded more than 60 arrests, have also helped reduce the number of offenders at large, Strength said.

“When you take that many guys off the streets, those crimes are going to drop,” he said.

The sheriff’s office also completed Operation Smoke Screen early this year, taking burglary offenders off the streets.

Property crimes had dropped from 2010 to 2011, but Smoke Screen has the potential to lower those numbers even further by year’s end.

Arson was the only category that saw an increase in Richmond County in 2011. Nationally, arson offenses decreased by 5 percent.

RICHMOND COUNTY CRIME

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received the following number of calls in each crime category in 2010 and 2011:

 20112010
Homicide2735
Rape96102
Armed robbery305409
Aggravated assault223268
Auto theft1,7001,732
Burglary3,6063,869
Arson3921
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Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/15/12 - 09:04 pm
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They took 'that many guys'

They took 'that many guys' off the street with Operation Fox Hunt. But where are they now??? Back on the street? Sometimes the courts are soft-hearted.

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rational thought trumps emotion 06/15/12 - 11:10 pm
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PattyP

You are right that the courts are often soft hearted letting many criminals back out no matter how good of a job deputies do. In these operations, almost 500 weapons were permanently removed from the streets. Most of these criminals were convicted or are awaiting trial in federal court meaning they will serve 90% of their sentence before even being eligible for parole and will be doing so at little expense to the local budget since RCSO worked hand in hand with the feds. Lowering crime in all areas except Arson should be a BIG KUDOS to the many hard working deputies within the RCSO and this has been the trend in Richmond County for the past few years. By conducting operations such as these, you take out many of the repeat offenders and violent armed offenders which you could not do by simply arresting the first person to try and sell some stolen merchandise, etc. as this is the way to get the majority of the bad guys in one sweep. The agency received first place in the world from the national association of chiefs of police, removed many criminals for a good time period, confiscated hundreds of guns, returned almost all of the stolen merchandise and for this, Sheriff Strength and the deputies deserve our appreciation.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/16/12 - 09:22 am
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Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/16/12 - 07:06 am
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Crime is down nation wide? We

Crime is down nation wide? We must mobilize and demand the removal of the President. How dare he make America safer and deny Mitt Romney and the Republican Party a talking point. Why that's tantamount to cutting off another of their "Freedums".

Ms Johnson must be one of them biased "Liberul" media reporters that the Augusta Chronicle is so fond of hiring.

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Riverman1 06/16/12 - 07:10 am
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If Richmond County's crime

If Richmond County's crime statistics are doing better, I don't want to be in the same hemisphere when they are doing poorly.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/16/12 - 07:29 am
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Riverman1 Writes:

"If Richmond County's crime statistics are doing better, I don't want to be in the same hemisphere when they are doing poorly."

Vote for Mitt Romney and move then. But we'll miss your lovable ol' butt.

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twolane 06/16/12 - 08:15 am
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bahahahaha
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bahahahahahaahahahahaahah...........you have got to be kidding me... we are on a roll today.......going about a shooting a day.....a murder every three days......armed roberries two or three at a time everyday and crime is down......I WANT WHATEVER THESE FOLKS ARE SMOKING

twolane
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twolane 06/16/12 - 08:18 am
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RETIRED ARMY...ER CHICAGO
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if obama is making the country safer can you please tell me whats wrong with chicago....MORE people have been shot and killed in chicago in four years than the in our WAR across the big pond in four years....they have almost matched the entire ten year body count of american troops

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/16/12 - 08:31 am
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Hard to believe

I find this hard to believe......

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/12 - 08:44 am
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I'm like Officer Roscoe Rules

RA...haha. But I'm like Officer Roscoe Rules in the Choirboys. He lives 70 miles out of Los Angeles and says he considers everyone in the city where he works scum. He says it's like going into a war zone every day he leaves his home in the country to work in the city. (Okay, just a little literature for you guys. Don't start throwing things at me.)

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southernguy08 06/16/12 - 09:00 am
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RETIRED ARMY
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I read this article several times. Not ONCE did I see Obama mentioned. Leave it to you to use it to rant against those "mean old Republicans." Seriously, are you so worried about your liberal lapdog in the WH that you have to resort to this? Yeah, I'm laughing.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/16/12 - 10:00 am
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It sure would be a shame if
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It sure would be a shame if any of those federal charges were dropped due to putting tracking devices on suspect vehicles without a federal search warrant being issued by a judge. I believe that would be a federal offense for the officers involved.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/16/12 - 10:03 am
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Did anyone know that a
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Did anyone know that a SQUIRREL could talk? It's the most amazing thing ever!

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debbiep38 06/16/12 - 10:06 am
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Forgot your medication today,
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Forgot your medication today, RA? This wasn't a political LTE.

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countyman 06/16/12 - 10:31 am
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I knew it wouldn't be long

I knew it wouldn't be long before Riverman took a shot at RC.... People like him don't want to acknowledge for instance the real estate along Washington rd(Augusta National to Pleasant Home) in West Augusta is more expensive the Martinez(Pleasant Home to Club Car).... Coscto locating in West Augusta pretty much takes the bias comments out of the picture...

RC had one of it's worst years for homicides in 2010 since the early 90's, and you're still here...... The previous years had mostly between like 16-25..

Unless it's a new businesses opening somewhere in the area.. The Chronicle rarely mentions the surroudning counties in articles..

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Iwannakno 06/16/12 - 01:07 pm
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Countyman
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Nobody disputes West Augusta is as nice as Columbia County. Can you say the the same about South Augusta? Time to quit blowing the majority of tax payer's monies on everything but South Augusta. Also time to have an investigation into why no bidding was taken for the trash tax service and how you can cut a service in half but still pay the same price for it. Doesn't pass the smell test...just like most of the political decisions of the commission.

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Riverman1 06/16/12 - 01:11 pm
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Countyman, no problem. I can

Countyman, no problem. I can see why you would be upset at things I say.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/12 - 02:15 pm
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Comparing the crime

Comparing the crime statistics of Augusta-Richmond Cty should be with other consolidated City-County governments.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/16/12 - 02:47 pm
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countyman

Since when is 27 homicides in one city/county in any given year something to brag about? I'm not pointing any finger at our law enforcement regarding this. I'm saying individuals, families, communities, cities, states, and the nation, need to do what they can to get to the root of these problems now! Or it will just get worse.

countyman
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countyman 06/16/12 - 04:40 pm
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Who is bragging?? My comment

Who is bragging?? My comment was related to Riverman's earlier comment... The crime in RC is less than the majority of similar size counties in the US...

I hope Augusta can have less than twenty homicides every year....

Augusta is a product of the US, and homicides can't be predicted.. A few of homicides in RC this year are domestic related.. Cities like Chicago averaged 900 homicides a year in the early 1990's...

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Gage Creed 06/16/12 - 06:33 pm
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Countyman....that would be

Countyman....that would be you bragging about 16 - 25 homicides a year. And what does Chicago with a 1990's population of 2.8 million have to do with crime in Augusta?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/17/12 - 05:37 pm
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Thanks

thanks Gage Creed

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toldyaso 06/18/12 - 09:17 am
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crime percentages drop

In addition to the great work of our Sheriffs dept. in their sting operations, I also believe a contributing factor to the lower no.'s can be attributed to more people taking personal responsibility for their own personal safety. The no. of CWL's in Georgia has also increased exponentially with the crime drop. Also, I believe more attention is being given to where and when people travel and shop. I appreciate our LE people, but a little personal initiative goes a long way.

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