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Violent Crime Up in Vidalia Last Year
Thursday, 13 March 2014

March 13--  Violent crime in Vidalia increased in 2013 according to the city police department's annual report.

ImageThere were four homicides, twice as many as the year before.  Police Chief Frank Waits says most were domestic disputes.

"That's a very hard type of crime to prevent.  You have programs and the family violence laws, but when we can't sit in a persons home and control how they act or don't act, it's hard for us to stop it," he said.

Aggravated assaults totaled 44, four more than in 2012.  Armed robberies went up from five in 2012 to twelve in 2013 and there was an increase of four robberies.  The number of burgalaries decreased from 165 in 2012 to 140 in 2013 and the number of rapes dropped from six to one.

According to Chief Waits, "These sometimes are associated with the economy.  Usually, when the economy is good, we are slow.  When the economy gets bad, we get busy."

The department investigated 669 criminal cases last year and solved about 30%.  It arrested 90 adults and 14 juveniles for felonies.

 
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