City having a low-crime Christmas
By By Sherry Digmon
The scenario seems to happen to someone every year. A family returns home at the end of the day only to find all of their Christmas presents stolen from under the tree.
In addition to carols and decorated trees, crime is also a Christmas tradition in most areas, including Atmore. Incidents of theft, domestic violence and usually increase this time of year.
However, this year may not be as bad as some in Atmore.
Investigator Darrell Ledkins said a few residential burglaries have been reported, but in most cases the homeowner knows who the thief is.
Reported cases of shoplifting are about the same as in previous years, with more reports from grocery stores than other stores, Ledkins said.
Police encourage shoppers to take precautions.
The Escambia County, Ala., Sheriff's Department sees a different type of crime during the holidays.
Major Mike Murphy said domestic calls become more prevalent in the county. He attributes much of the problem to alcohol.
From now until Jan. 1, Murphy expects calls to increase considerably.
The department will have more deputies and reserve staff than usual on second shift to respond to calls.
The Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff's Department will also have additional deputies on duty, but Lt. Willie Ray Thomas reports that all is quiet so far this year.