Sheriff’s Department Releases Crime Stats

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has released its annual crime report for 2013. The report compares crimes committed in 2013 to the previous year. While major crimes seem to have remained flat or decreased, crimes such as residential break-ins associated with a drug addiction seem to be on the rise. Either that or the Sheriff’s department is doing a better job of cracking down on those types of crimes. The sheriff’s office recently formed a burglary task force to help combat the increase in residential break-ins where the thieves are mainly looking for cash, jewelry, guns or anything else of value to sell for drugs. Scrap metal theft has dropped slightly since the fall; however, it continues to be a problem. Everything from cemetery earns to vehicles have been stolen for scrap. Several arrests were made last year for metal and wire theft with the cooperation of the local scrap dealers in the area. The Franklin County Detention Center remains near the maximum population for the facility. The average daily population over the last year was 125. The facility was designed to hold 130 inmates. On weekends the inmate population will at times reach 150 inmates.