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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

With a lot of attention being focused on the low number of Hattiesburg police officers, there is another aspect that is on the decline when it comes to crime in the Hub City. In total, auto, commercial and residential burglaries are down from this time in 2013.

“We work hard for the public, and it is definitely shown from June of this year to June of last year,” said Hattiesburg Police Department PIO, Jon Traxler.

According to Hattiesburg Police Department records, the month of June 2013 accounted for 111 burglary crimes. The records for June 2014 show a significant decline, standing at 71.

“The big thing with us is, when we see there is a spike in something, and to us, a spike is one more than it was the month before.”

Breaking down the numbers show that in June 2014, HPD recorded 30 auto burglaries, 17 commercial burglaries, and 24 residential burglaries. Of these three categories, the only area that showed an increase was commercial burglaries with an additional 4 from the previous year’s records.

“The fact that you have the city spread out, you have vehicles everywhere, you have houses everywhere, I mean, just because of that, it makes it look like we have a problem area, when in actuality if you take the number of houses, the number of cars and businesses that we have inside the City of Hattiesburg and then compare the numbers for the month of June, for the entire year of last year, the ratio is it wouldn't be as big of a problem if you want to call it that,” said Traxler.

Hattiesburg police officials urge people to be aware of what you leave in vehicles, and to not provide an easy crime of opportunity by leaving valuables in sight and your car unlocked.

“This month, June 2014, we had 30 auto burglaries, out of the 30 auto burglaries, 22 of those vehicles were either left unlocked or had other unknown means of entry made to them,” said Traxler.

Officers work day by day to increase counter measures, whether it is increasing patrols, increasing light and security checks on buildings, vehicles, housing areas, and adding foot patrols to apartment complexes.

“Burglary is a personable thing, somebody breaks into your house, that's coming in to your personal space, and we take that very seriously, just like a homicide and aggravated assault,” said Traxler.

Hattiesburg police meet weekly and go over crime figures to see how they can continue to make the city a safer place.