Created: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:43:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:18:39 EST
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says the 6.4% increase in crime over the first six months of his career as sheriff is disappointing. Those six months are also the first six months of Davis' duties as sheriff.
"I've been in this business long enough before being sheriff that I know that your going to have some ebbs and flows in the crime rate," said Davis.
Home burglaries, thefts and aggravated assaults have gone down but other crimes have seen noticeable increases.
Davis says the department has been plagued by auto entering cases which saw an 40% percent increase over the first six months of 2013. Personal robberies are up 1400%, recording 15 so far this year after just one in 2012.
Davis says a lot of the auto burglaries are preventable. He plans on increasing patrol detail and warns car owners to lock their doors.
He noticed a troubled spot near Interstate 475 and Highway 80 for personal robberies.
"We noticed people are answering online ads for dates and when they get there they, they find out it's part of a plan to rob them," he said.
A bright spot in the numbers, only one homicide was investigated by the Bibb County Sheriff's Department, a push with 2012.
"We're fortunate to have held the line on the homicides in the unincorporated areas," Davis said. "I know the city has had a few so far this year."
Come January 1, the city's problems will be his. Sheriff Davis says he's already working on adding to staff and increasing community relations.
"We know they're trouble spots and hot spots," he said. "We'll all be in one spot so we will be able to talk to each other and come up with ideas to stop this problem."
Davis says if his department spent its time chasing numbers it would be misusing resources. So far, 2013 has the third lowest crime rate since 2002.
"We're approaching the issues that causes these numbers to go up. I'm confident that we will get a handle on it and we have a handle on it," said Davis. "So, by the end of the year we should have a little more positive results in our activities."