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MO crime numbers drop dramatically
7/10/2014 2:41:47 PM
Last Updated:
7/10/2014 2:57:20 PM

CHIEF ON THE 4TH - Police Chief Brian Rhodes was caught here nibbling on a pickle and watching the fun kick off at the big July Fourth celebration held at Westbrook Park by the local Exchange Club. (Staff photo by WILLIAM HOLLOMAN)
By William Holloman
Staff Writer
The latest statistics show crime is down dramatically in Mount Olive.
The stats are from the month of May, officials said.
The report shows criminal activity is down 29 per cent for the month compared to the same month of last year in one detailed category and down 43 percent for the same period of time in another category.
Overall, for the year, ending in May, compared to the year ending in May of last year, the Category One criminal activity was down 11 percent and down 22 percent in category two for the same yearly period.
“This simply shows and certainly substantiates that our police department is on top of things and doing an outstanding job,” said town manager Charles Brown.
He added, “They are to be complimented and patted on the back.”  
Category one crimes include murder, rape, robbery, other crimes of violence, burglary, larceny, auto theft, arson, and a variety of property thefts.
Category two crimes focus on drugs, assault, forgery and fraud, embezzlement, stolen property, prostitution, all other sex offenses, gambling, kidnapping, obscenity, disorderly conduct, liquor law violations, gambling and all sex offenses.
Overall, category one crimes in May totaled 24 incidents. It was 34 the previous year.
The category two crimes for the same period of time in May totaled only 15. The previous year it was 34.
Overall, said Chief Brian Rhodes, there were 68 incidents investigated during May of last year. This year it dropped to 39 for an overall decline in incidents of 22 percent.
“The fact that we continue to see a decline in overall criminal activities,” said the town manager, tells me quite clearly that our guys are doing a good job,” said Brown.
“We certainly hope this is a trend that we continue to see,” he added.

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