The recent report from the Garner Police Department concerning crime rates in our town is welcome news. In most areas, crime rates fell in 2015 compared to 2014. And, while those one-year drops are pleasing, most statisticians will say the longer-term trend provides a better picture of how our community is doing in its fight against crime.
Again Garner is fortunate. Many of the 2015 numbers mark a steady decline over a four-year period. That, in our mind, is an even more comforting trend. Of course, we realize statistics can be deceiving at times. When only a small number of crimes are reported, just an increase of one or two incidents can cause the rate to jump considerably. And, as Garner grows in both population and area, one thing is certain. The raw number of crimes and calls for service will grow.
In that regard, prevention is a key factor in keeping the number of crimes from growing at the same rate as the town in general. Garner’s police department has a robust crime prevention program that includes everything from youth programming to getting out in neighborhoods and meeting residents. That effort, more than perhaps any other, will contribute to continued declines in Garner’s crime rate.