Pike County has the highest reported rate of serious crimes in all of WYMT's coverage area.
State police data shows per capita last year, Pike County had the highest incidence of crimes like murder, rape, robbery, assault, and arson.
Charles Aaron Ross feels pretty safe living in downtown Pikeville.
He never would have guessed Pike County has the highest reported rates of serious crimes in WYMT's coverage area.
“It's a larger county and you don't really see all the happenings and stuff like that, but I find it quite surprising,” Ross said.
Ross says some crimes may be increasing with a growing gap between the rich and poor.
“I know there's a lot of really wealthy people here, and a lot of less fortunate people here, and that would probably lead more to the desperation on one end,” Ross said.
State police say there's no one reason why reports of certain crimes are higher in Pike County.
“It is a rural community and that population is spread over such a large area. There's always the theories about drugs. We find that there's many reasons why crimes are committed,” Trooper Scott Hopkins said.
State police say they're using statistics on a regular basis to try and bring crime numbers down.
From there, police send more patrols to those areas, making their presence known and asking residents what they think may be causing problems.
Police are relying on help from the public to help keep crime numbers in check this year.
State police at post nine in Pike County say they answer 46,000 calls each year.
They say that's far more than any other post in the state.