Dothan, AL - A study shows most crimes in Dothan dropped last year from 2011, but one crime rose almost 20 percent.
According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Center burglary is down eleven percent across the state. But that’s not the case in Dothan.
“In 2012 we saw a spike in burglaries. It’s the biggest thing that’s been going on in the wiregrass. We saw increase of 100 more burglaries last year than we did in 2011,” said Dothan Police Corporal Maurice Eggleston.
That’s an alarming increase for some people.
“It’s bad. It’s worse. It shouldn’t be,” said Joseph Grimsley.
Chris Domnic said, “Seems to be pretty high for a population that seems to be pretty small.”
Dothan Police have been listening to those concerns. This year they’ve increased their focus on community policing and expanding the city’s community watch program.
Two things you can learn more about at National Night Out.
“This is what national night is about. It’s about anti crime, crime fighting to make sure we as law enforcement officer can get back in touch with community. Can have that hand in hand relationship to lower that crime,” said Eggleston.
Saturday night the Civic Center will be rocking with activities to send criminals a message, neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“So when the 2013 statistics come out we can see because of things like National Night Out we’ve been able to establish that we the good people are going to stop you guys,” said Eggleston.
National Night Out is Saturday evening from three to eight. Admission is free.