Crime statistics show slight increase in Lamar Co. crime

Crime statistics show slight increase in Lamar Co. crime
Violent crime is down in Lamar County according to the latest yearly crime statistics from the sheriff’s department. (Photo source: WDAM)

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Another six months of the year is in the books, and statistics in Lamar County show that crime is up in some areas.

The Lamar County Sheriff's Department uses crime statistics to pinpoint areas in the county to target crime.

"We use statistics for where the crimes area occurring, we will compare from month to month, if we have a little upswing in a certain part of the neighborhood or certain part of the county then we concentrate our efforts there," Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said.

If there is a growing trend in some areas, officers will be diverted to work additional patrols in the area.

"One this we rely on is people in the community working with us, it's their neighborhoods and they know what should and shouldn't be there," Rigel said.

Crime Statistics: 

January 2015 - June 2015

Homicide: 0

Burglary: 134

Larceny theft: 218

Rape: 1

Robbery: 4

Assault (all forms): 121

January 2016 - June 2016 

Homicide: 1

Burglary: 124

Larceny theft: 219

Rape: 2

Robbery: 4

Assault (all forms): 126

"Law enforcement is a constantly shifting profession and you have to look at the numbers and see where the crimes are at and respond accordingly and that's what we're doing," Rigel said.

The department patrols roughly 500 square miles in the county, working to cover the whole thing and shift patrols to problem areas.

When they are not on a call, they are in a neighborhood or out patrolling or meeting people in the community.

"We have to have the communities help in everything we do, we are 500 square miles, we can't be everywhere that we want to be, and we can't be at any one given time," Rigel said. "We hope to keep the numbers down, I'd love to live in a Pollyanna world where there was no crime, but you got to be realistic, it's not going to happen."