Burglary down 41% since 2012 in Sullivan Coun
Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on December 28 that burglary in Sullivan County was down 29.5% in 2015 from 2014 and down 41.6% since 2012. According to statistics recently released by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, Sullivan County reported 569 burglaries in 2012 and that number was down to 332 in 2015, a decrease of 41.6%.
Farrell credited his office’s aggressive prosecution approach to home burglaries and the work of all of the police agencies in Sullivan County in investigating and solving these crimes. “Combating home burglary was one of my top priorities when I became District Attorney in 2009. Everyone has a right to be safe in their homes and home burglars destroy that sense of security. Over the last 7 years we having been giving these burglars another home – a state prison cell, and the word is certainly out that Sullivan County is tough on burglars. With aggressive prosecution and the commitment of all of the police agencies to thoroughly investigate these crimes we have succeeded in driving the number of home burglaries down dramatically. We will continue to aggressively pursue these cases.”
Total crime in Sullivan was down 19.7% in 2015, with property crime down 22% and larceny down 17%. Almost every part one crime index crime (as defined by the FBI) was down, Farrell said. The notable exception was violent crime which ticked up approximately 8% in 2015 “This increase of violent crime comes after decreases of 8% in 2011, 10% in 2012, 5% in 2013 and 8% in 2014. We will be closely monitoring that as we move forward. Violent crimes are a threat to all of us so my office and our law enforcement partners will remain vigilant to investigate, apprehend and prosecute those who commit these violent acts. This year’s drug sweeps will also have an impact on this type of crime in our communities as we see a close connection between drugs and violence.”
While the state will not release its 2016 crime statistics until sometime next year, Farrell said that through the end of the third quarter of 2016, prosecutions in Sullivan County were up about 5%, while felony arrests were down about 2% for the same period in 2015 Violent felony prosecutions were up 8% through the 3rd quarter of 2016 from 2015. “Violent felonies remain a priority for the office and we will continue to vigorously prosecute violent felons. Two violent robbery cases recently were tried in front of Sullivan County juries and the perpetrators were convicted and will be held accountable with lengthy state prison sentences, with one defendant already having been sentenced to 15 years in prison. With four pending homicides in my office, 2017 will likely be a busy year”, Farrell said.