Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:26:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:24:55 EST
With the release of the 2013 Macon and Bibb County crime statistics, Sheriff David Davis says he expects good things to happen this year with the combined Macon Police Department and the Bibb Sheriff's Office.
In two categories violent crime dropped. Murders were down 29% in Macon-Bibb in 2013 from 2012. Aggravated assaults also dropped from 384 in 2012 to 365 in 2013. Rape increased from 2012 to 2013 with 21% more rapes in 2013 and 5% more aggravated assaults. The old city of Macon saw a 24% decline in homicides going from 24 in 2012 to 16 in 2013. Bibb had only one in 2013 compared to 3 in 2012.
Sheriff Davis says the drop is no accident. “A lot of good police work. Every one of the homicides that happened both in the old unincorporated area of the county and inside the city there were arrests made in every one of those last year," explains Sheriff Davis.
He continues to explain how neighbors made a big difference, “It takes the community stepping in and showing people there's other ways to settle their differences other than taking up arms, and also, once something happens to be willing to give us this information"
Property crimes are a different story with slight increases in three out of four categories. There were 58 arsons in 2013 a 22% decline from 74 in 2012, but burglary increased by 5%, larceny by 3% and auto theft by 5%.
Sheriff Davis says the newly combined law enforcement offices gives them some new tools in fighting crime going forward. "The officers have come together, the sheriff's office people and the former police department, and have made a great unit here. With the work of the officers and the community partners, I think we have a great future ahead of us," explains Sheriff Davis.