Crime Rate Down Nationally

, Written by Craig Smullin, Posted: Thu, December 29 2011 at 11:56 PM, Updated: Fri, December 30 2011 at 11:53 PM

The images are burned into our memories, a mother and her four children murdered and David Grubbs killed on the Ashland bike path but shocking new numbers from the FBI say that 2011s homicide rate could be the lowest in more than 50 years, nationally.
Not so here: Lt. Bob Hansen of the Medford Police Department says "Locally, crime is up but so is our population."

While across the country homicide has decreased 51% in the last 20 years.

Hansen says "You know, when you increase that number by 2 or 3, it throws the percentage way off but the numbers themselves are small, so it's really hard to compare those."

Property crime is also dropping rapidly nationally but here, robberies and burgleries are up.

Hansen said "People having to steal to support their drug habits, if they are unemployed, there are just so many factors that come into it."

The Rogue Valley's rising crime rate may explain why Darrel Roush was so shocked by the national numbers, very different from here.

Darrel Roush said "It seems like there has been more, but maybe not."

While we're not experiencing the same drop in crime rate locally, Medford Police say there are things you can do.

Hansen says "Be our eyes and ears out there and tell us when something is happening. If they know information, give us a call so that we can do our job and try to solve the situation and put the suspects in jail."

The man police beleive is responsible for the death of a mother and four children is awaiting trial and there are no suspects in the murder of David Grubbs.

About the Author

Craig Smullin

NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin co-anchors NBC5 News at 6 and hosts the 5 on 5 Feature Interview on NBC5 News at 5.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Craig graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Recreation Administration and Sports Management.

Since joining NBC5 News in 2005, Craig has performed virtually every job in the newsroom: News and Sports Reporter, Sports Anchor, Producer, series and segment Host and Anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and NBC5 News at 5. He became News Director in January, 2014.

When he's not managing a busy newsroom, Craig spends time with his wife, two young sons and two dogs. He is a dedicated fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Portland Trailblazers and loves snow boarding the slopes of Mt. Ashland.

Catch Craig anchoring weekdays on NBC5 News at 6pm.

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