Dale County Sees Reduction in Burglaries and Robberies According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center Report

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DALE COUNTY -- The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center released a report on Friday stating that statewide crime decreased by four percent from 2012 to 2013.

In the supplemental report the center released, Ozark Police Department reported an 8% decrease in burglaries from 2012 to 2013, and a 19% reduction in robberies.

"A lot of that deals with the visibility of law enforcement, the presence of law enforcement in your neighborhoods and around your business district so we try to keep a high visibility in that area," Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said.

Daleville Dept. of Public Safety also received lower numbers for robberies and burglaries.

According to the report, DDPS saw a 67% decrease in robberies and a 24% decrease in burglaries.

"The biggest thing we have going for us is our citizens," DDPS Chief Harvey Mathis said. "Our citizens are our eyes and ears."

The departments did see increases in reported rapes. However, Chiefs Mathis and Spivey said that could be for a number of different reasons.

"Statistics show what is being reported," Chief Mathis said. "It doesn't actually mean it's actually occurring. After an investigation, the facts don't materialize with what actually happened."

Chiefs Mathis and Spivey said regardless of numbers, they do all they can each day to protect and serve their citizens.