Statistics Show Crime Decline In the Shoals


Florence Police investigate following an armed robbery at the Sonic on Helton Drive in Florence (Photo by Melissa Payne, WHNT News 19)

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SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The state crime statistics are in, and at first glance, crime seems to be on the decline in the Shoals.

“The Shoals area is a very safe place.  We have great people who live here and we have great professional, hard working law enforcement agencies,” said Sergeant Cliff Billingsley with the Florence Police Department.

After reviewing the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center's latest statistics, Billingsley reports about a five percent decrease in overall crime.

The report indicates from 2011 to 2012, the number of homicides stayed level.

The number of assaults, burglaries, and thefts all decreased.  However, robbery cases increased.

Detectives say officers in the Shoals face the same type of crime as in larger cities, however the department tries to implement several tactics like involving the public and education, in order to minimize the crime.

“We have a partnership with the citizens to give us information that happens in the community such as criminal activity,” said Billingsley.

Billingsley is talking about things like the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers and the See Something Say Something campaign.

Billingsley credits these means for helping solve several crimes.

“We also in turn teach the community to listen to us as how to not become a victim, to stay safe, these two combined definitely play a role in lowering our crime rates,” said Billingsley about the FPD’s education efforts.

While these numbers look good, Billingsley says departments are always looking for ways to keep their communities safe.

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