GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Crime statistics are out for Josephine County and at least the numbers show crime is down in some categories. But the sheriff says the statistics don’t tell the whole story.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office released its crime statistics; those categories are burglary, car theft, theft, criminal mischief and fugitive arrests. Burglaries and auto thefts are up; thefts criminal mischief and fugitive arrests are down, but the sheriff says it’s not because criminal activity is at a low.
The sheriff says these numbers do not include the number of calls that went over to Oregon State Police, which troopers could have responded to or could have rejected. OSP received nearly 1,500 traffic and criminal calls during the same period.
“The only time that we talk about this kind of stuff is around the levy time. And I would rather let the people know what we’re doing and what we’re struggling…there’s no scare tactics…it’s always been, ‘these are the facts,’” said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson.
The sheriff says his two patrol deputies are now taking on average 30 to 40 calls for service a day. Deputies are only responding to person crimes, life-threatening incidents, or crimes in progress. Victims can file reports online at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office website.
The sheriff plans to release another set of updated crime statistics at the end of the fiscal year, July 2014.