HENDERSON, Ky. – End-of-year statistics from the Henderson Police Department show a 14.21 percent decrease in reported crime for 2019.
There was a total of 1,919 reported crimes compared to 2,237 in 2018.
Categories that showed decreases from stats collected in 2018 included: Business robbery, person robbery, simple assault, domestic assault, sex crimes, residential burglary, theft of auto, theft from auto, theft from building, criminal mischief and criminal mischief to vehicles.
Categories that showed increases over 2018 included: murder (three compared to one in 2018), aggravated assault, business burglary and all other theft.
Henderson Police Chief Heath Cox said that in 2019 recategorizing shoplifting to “all other theft” from “theft from building” made both appear to be drastically different, but the composites of the two categories were relatively unchanged from 2018 to 2019.
Chief Cox said a few things contribute to the drop in reported crime.
“We meet every week to discuss the latest crime trends and where crime is occurring,” he said. “We try to place our officers in those areas where we see crime occurring. We have been making a concerted effort to communicate across the department to try to recognize crime patterns and formulate a plan to help reduce crime in those areas.”
Focus on a particular issue that leads to other crimes has also been a priority.
“We have made more drug-related arrests in 2019 than we did in 2018,” Cox added. “Our Investigation division has been active in working drug cases and in working our criminal cases to try to identify the individuals who are committing the majority of our crime and who are contributing to our overall crime problem.”
Cox said staying proactive paid dividends, as the 2019 statistics show.
“We have made a strong push throughout the year to serve more warrants to try to reduce the number of individuals in our community who could potentially commit more crimes,” he said. “We have spoken with our officers about the equipment needs that they have and we are trying to acquire the needed equipment so we can be more efficient and effective as a department.
“I believe our citizens have been helpful this year in reporting suspicious behavior in their neighbors and we really rely on our citizens participation because we realize we can’t be everywhere throughout the city,” the chief added. “It really requires all of us working together to make Henderson a safer place.”
Here are stats for 2019 compared to 2018 and the percentage of change:
Offense 2019 2018 %change
Murder 3 1 200.00%
Robbery, Business 2 3 -33.33%
Robbery, Person 4 24 -83.33%
Assault, aggravated 31 25 124.00%
Assault, Simple 32 52 -38.46%
Domestic Assaults 126 192 -34.37%
Sex Crimes 34 39 -12.82%
Burglary, Residential 74 105 -29.52%
Burglary, Business 32 30 106.66%
Theft of Auto 70 72 -2.77%
Theft from Auto 45 101 -55.45%
Theft from Building 15 315 -95.24%
Theft all others 421 134 211.94%
Criminal Mischief 56 101 -45.00%
CM to Vehicles 56 102 -45.09%
Total Other 918 941 -2.44%
Total 1919 2237 -14.21%