According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Carson City’s overall crime has gone down, especially for this year. Sheriff Furlong reports that crimes against persons is down a remarkable 23 percent as compared to both 2018 and 2019. However, this past month there was an increase of 20 percent in May.
Crimes against persons includes assaults, homicide, human trafficking, kidnapping, and sex offenses.
Sheriff Furlong reports that assaults leads this category, and not surprising, Simple Assaults hav the greatest impact, accounting for 68 percent of the overall numbers.
Sheriff Furlong also reports that crimes against property also increased during the past month – 33% between May and June, but overall crime is down 12 percent from 2019 and 8 percent from 2018.
Crimes against property include arson, bribery, burglary, counterfeiting, vandalism, embezzlement, extortion, fraud, larceny, motor vehicle theft, robbery, and stolen property. “Major contributing factors are Vandalism and Larceny which account for 53 percent of the overall numbers,” said Sheriff Furlong.
The new category this year is “Crimes Against Society” which includes crimes such as animal cruelty, drug/narcotic crime, pornography, prostitution, and weapons. Sheriff Furlong reports that just over the past month “We saw an increase in activity of 36 percent, 40 percent over the 2019 number, and 33 percent over the 2018 number. 91 percent of the total category is attributed to drug and narcotic offenses.”
“When it comes to the lesser offenses, now known as Part B Offenses, we are showing a significant downturn for the year,” said Sheriff Furlong. “June came in with a 44 percent increase, though for the year thus far, we are down by 27 percent and down by 34 percent from the previous year of 2018.” Included in this category is Bad Checks, Curfew, Disorderly Conduct, DUI, Drunkenness, Offenses against Family/Child, Liquor Laws, Peeping Tom, Runaways, Trespass, and all others.
Though this is only accounting for half of the current year, Sheriff Furlong says he’s pleased with the decreasing trends in crime in the Carson City area. “We are only halfway through the year, but on a very positive trend,” said Furlong.
This year the Carson City Sheriff’s Office began using National Incident Based Reporting (NIBRS), after previously using Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), and became the first non-pilot agency to be certified.