Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz, says crime rates were down across the area last year, despite the fact his office handled about 1,500 more calls.
Felony arrests, traffic accident reports, burglaries, domestic violence, assaults, and thefts all decreased in 2009. In fact, the sheriff’s office only saw an increase in misdemeanors and car thefts.
"It doesn’t make sense when you start thinking about the economy being down. You think the crime rates go up, but that’s not necessarily the case in this instance, " says Lutz.
Lutz says his office kept busy throughout the year.
"We like to think that because we’re out there on the streets a little bit more, we’re being more pro-active with our guys, that maybe that’s contributed to some of those crime reports being down, " says Lutz.
Some of the top incidents that stick out in Lutz’s mind-that his office handled-are maintaining an extra presence during New Bakery negotiations, numerous drug busts throughout the county, and collaborating with the Zanesville Police Department on August 23rd when Patrolman Mike Schiele and K9 Officer, Bosco, were shot.