WCSO SUCCESSFULLY TARGETS HOME INVASIONS

Arrests on the rise, home invasions on the decline in Washtenaw County.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced today that the number of home invasions in Washtenaw County has dropped by more than 15% compared to 2009. According to FBI annual crime statistics the national average for the 2008-2009 comparison was a decrease of only 1.3%.

“When a burglar breaks into your home they often take more than just your belongings. The lost sense of security or recurring fear can be just as damaging as the smashed window or stolen property” said Sheriff Clayton. He went on to add that “Criminals that break into homes are opportunistic and habitual. Meaning, they will continue to break into homes until they are captured.” That is why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has put in proactive measures all focused on capturing these criminals, and the results speak for themselves.

In 2009 there were 718 Burglaries from January 1st - August 31st.

In 2010 there were 613 Burglaries from January 1st - August 31st.

This is a 15% drop in Burglaries/Home Invasions 

The Sheriff went on to praise staff and residents for their commitment in working together.  “Crime is not only a police problem, it is a community problem. Time after time residents have stepped up as have our deputies to capture these criminals, return valuable belongings and bring some piece of mind to our neighbors.”

According to Director of Community Engagement, Derrick Jackson  “Technology such as our Email Alert System and Facebook has helped to build a network of over 7,000 residents that are aware of the crimes around them, can be quickly notified when a crime is committed, and who are on the look out for these criminals.”

“When you look at the total number of home invasions this year compared to the last year you see for yourself the great work our staff has been doing to solve these crimes. They are making more arrests and getting repeat offenders off of the street so that fewer homes are broken into overall” said Commander Dieter Heren.

 

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For additional information, contact Derrick L. Jackson, Director of Community Engagement at the Washtenaw County Office of the Sheriff at 734.973.4503.  Email Mr. Jackson at jacksond@ewashtenaw.org

 

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