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Police chief: Decline in crime probably due to number of factors


February 19, 2020

Police Chief Jeff Lynn

Driving a 19.5-percent decline in the number of crimes reported in Sweet Home last year is a dramatic fall in reported thefts, according to new details released last week as part of the Police Department's annual report.

The number of property crimes fell 29 percent from 2018, with 642, to 2019, with 456, while the number of person crimes increased by 20.5 percent, from 151 in 2018 to 182 in 2019.

According to the annual report, the number of thefts reported in Sweet Home fell from 429 in 2018 to 282 in 2019, a 34-percent decline.

Also falling were criminal mischief reports, from 110 in 2...

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