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CRIME: Sheriff’s report shows dramatic drop

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- In a time when you hear a lot about growing problems with crimes, Bullitt County sheriff Donnie Tinnell is pretty proud of the work done by his officers.

In presenting a six-month report, which compares statistics from January through June 2017 versus those same months in 2018, Tinnell was beaming.

In terms of overall crimes, Tinnell said the figures went from 561 in 2017 to 311 so far this year.

This is a decrease of reported crimes overall of around 45 percent.

In terms of property crimes, the number of burglaries fell from 74 to 41 in 2018, a drop of around 45 percent.

Thefts fell from 184 through six months in 2017 to 80 this year, a decrease of 56 percent.

And auto thefts fell from 38 to 33 so far this year.

For personal crimes, the number of assaults has fallen from 13 to nine. And the number of rapes went from four to three this year.

The lone figure that saw an increase in 2018 came in robberies, where that number rose from two last year to three in 2018.

“That’s an amazing number,” Tinnell said of the overall drop in crime. “Our deputies have done a wonderful job.”

He said it is important for the deputies to be seen in the community and it is also important to lock up those who commit crimes.

Tinnell praised the Shepherdsville Police for also having a very aggressive approach toward law enforcement.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said it was important that elected officials support law enforcement agencies.