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Crime Prevention Public Service Announcement

Date of News Release: 05/11/2010

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is encouraging the citizens of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties to take an active role in crime prevention in our region. The summer months are approaching and recent patterns of criminal activity show an increased trend in property crimes in our area, more specifically burglaries and felony thefts. In 2008, Governor Steve Beshear stated, "As concerned citizens, we strive to make our State a safer place to live. It is extremely important for all citizens of Kentucky to become actively involved in crime prevention. As Governor, I urge you to continue to support our law enforcement officials in their daily fight against crime."

One of the Kentucky State Police's key mission is the prevention, reduction, and deterrence of crime as well as the safeguarding of property and protection of individual rights. Captain David Hay, Post Commander of Kentucky State Police in Ashland has pledged to contribute to the creation of safe communities by initiating efforts to reduce and prevent crime in the Post district which encompasses Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties. This summer, troopers will focus on increased patrols and high visibility in high crime areas in efforts to deter property crime. In joint cooperation with local police agencies, Captain Hay strives to protect the citizens of this community. "It takes more than law enforcement to contribute to crime prevention. Local citizens can take an active role in crime prevention by reporting suspicious activity to the Kentucky State Police. Our law-abiding citizens are key in the successful clearance of local property crimes. Often times, their valuable information provides Troopers enough data to solve these property crimes."

According to the most recent Crime in Kentucky- 2008, records the following information:

2008 State-wide Burglary Data: One burglary was committed every 19 minutes!

Reported Burglaries (all agencies) locally:
Boyd: 432
Carter: 227
Greenup: 176
Lawrence: 37
Total: 872
Total Property value: $ 48,267,758

2008 State-wide Felony theft Data: One theft committed every 7 minutes!

Reported Felony Thefts (all agencies) locally:
Boyd: 1559
Carter: 328
Greenup: 262
Lawrence: 63
Total: 2212
Total Property value: $ 97,910,861

In 2009, the Kentucky State Police in Ashland responded to 249 total burglaries in our four county area (28 in Boyd, 110 in Carter, 90 in Greenup, 21 in Lawrence) and 136 felony thefts ( 37 in Boyd, 55 in Carter, 34 in Greenup, 10 in Lawrence).

To report suspicious criminal activity, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or locally at 606-928-6421. Callers can remain anonymous.

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