North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 8, 2013

Crime reports decreasing in state and Jefferson County, report says

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

— Crime apparently is on a decline in Alabama, including Jefferson County, according to an agency that compiles figures from law enforcement agencies across the state.

The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) has released “Crime in Alabama 2012,” which is the state’s official statistical analysis of crime reported in the state.

The report examined crimes in seven categories: Homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

In 2012, reports across Alabama dropped in five categories as compared to 2011:

There were increases, however, in reports of homicide by 5 percent and assault by 6 percent.

In Jefferson County, the total number of crime reports decreased: 4,694 crimes were reported in 2011 and 4,354 were reported in 2012. Dropping in 2012 were reports of homicide, rape, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Jefferson County had increases in robbery and assault.

While it is human nature to try to make comparisons, the statistics included in this report are not intended to serve as the sole indicator of either workload or effectiveness of the agencies participating in the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) program,” said ACJIC director Maury Mitchell.

“This report cannot, and should not, be used to sere as the sole indicator of either workload or the effectiveness of the agencies participating in the state’s UCR program, as this is only one aspect of the activities and responsibilities of the law enforcement community.”

In north Jefferson County, there were fewer crime reports in 2012 in Kimberly, Brookside, Morris, Warrior and Fultondale. Gardendale showed an increase in reports.