Crime stats mixed

Published 9:27 pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crime statistics in Escambia County in 2012 were a mixed bag, according to figures released earlier this month — non-violent crimes were down, but certain violent crimes showed an uptick.

The report, released by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, includes statewide statistics, as well as county and municipal numbers.

Breaking down the statistics by municipality, Atmore reported one homicide, two rapes, seven robberies, 53 assaults, 82 burglaries, 244 larceny crimes and 19 motor-vehicle thefts. Atmore’s jurisdictional population is 10,188.

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The report also described the increases or decreases for Atmore’s crime rate in each of the major categories. There was a notable decrease in the number of burglaries, which fell from 112 reported in 2011 to just 82 in 2012, a drop of 27 percent. There was a similar decrease in robberies, as the 12 reported in 2011 fell to seven reported in 2012, a decrease of 42 percent.

The largest increases were in assault, which went from 40 reports in 2011 to 53 reports in 2012 (a 33-percent increase), and in motor-vehicle theft, which went from 14 reports in 2011 to 19 reports in 2012 (a 36-percent increase).

The changes in the other categories were: homicide, down 50 percent (from two in 2011 to one in 2012); rape, down 33 percent (from three in 2011 to two in 2012); and larceny, down 6 percent (from 260 in 2011 to 244 in 2012).

For the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, reported crimes included two homicides, three rapes, one robbery, 49 assaults, 117 burglaries, 217 larceny crimes and 21 motor-vehicle thefts. The county jurisdictional population is 18,752.

Brewton reported no homicides, one rape, seven robberies, 59 assaults, 56 burglaries, 223 larceny crimes and 16 motor-vehicle thefts. Brewton’s jurisdictional population is 5,398.

East Brewton reported no homicides, one rape, one robbery, 24 assault, 37 burglaries, 85 larceny crimes and five motor-vehicle thefts. East Brewton’s jurisdictional population is 2,472.

Flomaton reported no homicides or rapes with two robberies, 22 assaults, seven burglaries, 26 larceny crimes and one motor vehicle theft. Flomaton’s jurisdictional population is 1,438.

Total 2012 crime statistics for Escambia County show three homicides, seven rapes, 18 robberies, 207 assaults, 299 burglaries, 795 larceny charges and 62 motor vehicle thefts. The total county population in 2012 was reported at 38,248.

Non-violent crimes were also a part of the report. These crimes were classified as Part II Crimes, and include forgery, fraud, dealing in stolen property, vandalism, narcotic drug laws, driving under the influence, liquor laws, disorderly contact and other offenses.

In Escambia County as a whole, 432 adults were arrested on charges that fall into the Part II crimes classification.