Property Crimes On The Rise In Fayette County

It's common all year long, but officials say theft and burglary crimes increase during the holiday season.

So Tuesday, local authorities came together to talk about what they're doing to put thieves behind bars.

A group of Lexington crime fighters is trying a reverse a dangerous and scary trend in Fayette County, saying the last three months we've seen an increase in personal crimes.

Last year, Lexington police were happy to announce the lowest personal crime rate since 1974 and during the first half of 2008, Lexington was on par to meet the goal again.

But over the summer, the trend started to change. Reports of car break-ins and burglaries started to rise.

On October sixth, Lexington police put together a 12 person task force involving police, sheriff and the prosecutors office. So far they've been able to make 127 arrests and recover about 57 thousand dollars worth of material.

The Commonwealth's Attorney for Fayette County, Ray Larson, says there is a reason for the increase in personal crimes, saying it's no coincidence the spike in numbers comes as lawmakers chose to release prisoners due to overcrowding.

Larson also says a majority of the arrests made by the task force has been repeat offenders.

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  • by Lisa Location: Lexington on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    Every neighborhood should do have neighborhood watch. Its up to us not just the police to make our area's safe. If you do not have a neighborhood watch I suggest you call the Lexington Police and they will help you set up one. Be a good neighbor.
  • by Serah Location: lexington on Nov 25, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    dah, what else is new. Newberry won't allow the police to do their job and check ID on people (foreign), so they have free rein in Lexington. Scared citizens? you bet.
  • by steve on Nov 25, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    A good double barrel will do the trick.
  • by Jules Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    Yeah well if convicted felons could get real jobs it might help but there doesn't seem to be any help for them so crimes are all they know.
  • by Nathan on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    Funny, Five months ago the City of Lexington reported they had the lowest crime rate.
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    Every one needs to purchase a gun, for home & self protection.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    A task force? Isn't it the job of the police to catch bad guys? I just figured that was in the job description. How about this. Eliminate the task force, divvy up the money to the cops.


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