Statistics Show Pike County Has Highest Rate Of Serious Crimes In Eastern Kentucky

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

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.

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  • by voice in the dark Location: Kentucky on Oct 3, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    The reason crime is so rampant in Pike County is because Sheriff Keesee, Judge Mullins, Judge Friend, Judge Coleman, Judge Combs, Kentucky State Police, and docteors get paid so the drug dealers can deal all they want. The Officials or doctors do not care about the people, they are only interested in ow muc money they can get to let the drugs get into our neighbohoods. It is a do nothing county
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Sep 12, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    Amen again! Jack and I totally agree with Brittany... Some of the problem is corruption within the law inforcement community. See it all the time! Take time to clear out your own within the ranks and the ones outside the ranks will follow! Also agree with Johnny but you know the ones usually dying are the ones the dealers tricked into using and getting hooked, not the dealers themselves... Most dealers are not real users that would cut into their profit!
  • by johnny on Sep 11, 2007 at 10:12 PM
    Hey, Brittany and Jack, county officials have been taking bribes since prohibition. It doesn't involve moonshine anymore. There's more money in hard drugs. The county officials will take the money. They always have and allways will. When you igonrant people vote out these leaches, we will have a community again. I vote cross parties in elections, but most people say...MY PA VOTED DEMO AND DATS WHAT IMA GONNA DO...THIS EXTENDS INTO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AS WELL. Stop being dumb and look at the issues not your political party. Maybe we will be not looked upon as dumb hillbillies that we are. As long as we vote as PA did, then we will be looked upon as "DUMB HILLBILLIES". HILLBILLIES DEF: Mountain goats. You are voting our heritage away. I don't count myself as a goat, because I'm leaving this dope infested state.
  • by david Location: somerset on Sep 11, 2007 at 05:35 PM
    law enforcemebt is one start,but it really starts with having good responsible good citizens
  • by Cathy Location: Pike on Sep 11, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    Amen! Jack
  • by Brittany Location: Kentucky on Sep 11, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    It might help if so many police officers weren't so corrupt. How do you keep crime down, if the ones hired to do so, are participating in the acts themselves. Start with your LAW ENFORCEMENT pike county!
  • by Johnny may Location: pikevilles on Sep 11, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    (Bible modification) He who lives by the dope dies by the dope. Pike County is overloaded with it.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:24 AM
    One reason could be that we have our priorities wrong. Let's all get together, run to the courthouse, insist that smoking be banned in public places, and let the serious crimminals have at it. God fobid we do something to actually make a difference.


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