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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