Crime Up Because of Economy Says Burleson Co. Sheriff

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

For many, the holidays are a happy time of year, but this season is keeping Burleson County Sheriff's Deputies on their toes.

"The last two months we've had a noticeable increase in burglaries," said Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud.

According to Stroud, November and December always bring an increase in crime.

"But this year we're noticing a little bit above that, and I think we're attributing that to economical reasons," said Stroud.

The Sheriff believes the hundreds of Alcoa layoffs hit Burleson County hard. Although the Rockdale plant is in neighboring Milan county, Stroud said many former employees call Burleson County home.

"We're insulated in a lot of ways here from the first effects, but I think that trickle down is gonna happen and I think we're starting to see the front of it," said Stroud. "Two things will tell you, an increase in jail population and secondly an increase in theft burglary and those crimes."

Burleson County is seeing both. According to Stroud, population at the Burleson County Jail is up around 40% from a few weeks ago.

One of the places some of those arrested have targeted, said Stroud, is the community of Beaver Creek.

"Although we've made quite a few arrests and we've recovered a good bit of property, the fact remains that we're still getting hit pretty hard with property crimes in the county," said Stroud.

The extra work hasn't taken the sheriff's department over budget yet, but Stroud predicts the trend won't change any time soon.

"We're already looking at that now and I think we've got to be prepared to see possibly more of it before this economy gets back on its feet and people are working again," said Stroud.

The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone who sees something suspicious call 911.

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