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Property crimes in Jonesboro lowest in 10 years, but 'proactive policing' crimes rising

File photo of the Jonesboro Police Department
Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Graphics Design, Photojournalism Intern

Property crimes in Jonesboro are at the lowest level in a decade, but in that same amount of time, crimes resulting from officers proactively patrolling the streets have reached an all time high.

That's according to the latest annual report from the Jonesboro Police Department which was released on June 2.

"Crimes of Proactive Policing," defined by the department as crimes resulting from officers actively patrolling the streets, increased from 2,243 in 2011 to 3,996, or 78%. The most significant increase reported was among drug and narcotics violations which were up from 708 in 2011 to 1,922 in 2021, or 47%.

Jonesboro Police said marijuana was the most reported evidence in their possession, with over 64,000 grams, followed by methamphetamines, heroin, and ecstasy.

Meanwhile, property crimes were down 19% over a decade period with vehicle thefts having the most significant trend which were down by about 47% from 2011. There were also 16 fewer reported crimes against persons between 2021 and 2020.

Homicides are also down to 8 from its 10 year peak which was reached in 2020 when 11 violations were reported.

You can view the full report below or click here.

A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.