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Paducah 2013 Crime and Collision Data Released

mccracken sheriffPADUCAH, Ky. (3/17/14) – The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department released the statistical crime data from 2013, along with comparisons from the previous year of 2012.

Part 1 Crime (the most serious) is overall down in almost every category. The most significant category saw a decrease in burglaries, down 36 percent from 2012.

Part 2 Crimes which are categorized as less serious offenses were down significantly in almost every category with the exception of drug crimes. Drug crimes were up 40 percent, and the total number of drug arrests made by the department was up 34 percent. These drug arrests were made by both road deputies and the department’s drug enforcement unit.

Drug addiction is the most common factor when it comes to people committing crimes. It has been said that 80percent or more of every felony case that goes through McCracken Circuit Court, has some link to illegal drug use, or trafficking. The most common reason or motivation for theft or burglary is to steal to support one’s own drug habit.

Efforts in being more visible in the community, and continued proactive drug enforcement, have helped in getting these numbers on the decline.

Arrest Data for 2013 shows that the overall number of arrest made by the department was down only 1 percent, but the number of DUI arrest was up 7 percent, and Drug Arrest up 34 percent. All other arrests were down 14 percent.

Collision Data 2013 was also very good news as far as the safety of the motoring public. The total number of traffic crashes reported and investigated by the sheriff’s department was 2,731 down from 2,780 in 2012. The total number of injury accidents was down 7 percent, and the non-injury accidents down 6 percent. Fatalities were down 57 percent in 2013. In 2012 there were 7 traffic deaths in McCracken County, but in 2013 that number went down to 3.

What does this data mean?

In compiling this data and analyzing it, it was determined that several factors played a role in getting the numbers going in the right direction.

These are a few:

  • Better trained and professional deputy sheriffs
  • Increased visibility in the areas we patrol, targeting high-crime and collision areas
  • Utilization of traffic and highway safety grants
  • Proactive drug enforcement
  • Proactive DUI enforcement
  • Support from the McCracken County Fiscal Court
  • Proactive Criminal Investigations
  • Support and encouragement from the public

Paducah needs jobs. Having progressive and effective law enforcement makes for a better quality of life for our residents.

Helping to keep the crime rate at bay in these tough economic times is an ongoing challenge.

McCracken County Sheriff's Department will continue to do our part, and do our absolute best to see that our residents can live here without fear of being a victim, and provide an environment that is attractive for businesses, or industry looking to locate here.

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Information provided by Jon Hayden McCracken County Sheriff

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