RSCO: Decline in murder and violent crime in county

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Despite the crime that happened this weekend, murder and violent crime has dropped significantly in Richmond County.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said it's because they are more visible now than ever.

Two shootings and a stabbing were among Richmond County's crime that happened over the weekend.

"We're going to have increases," said Sergeant Shane McDaniel, with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "We're going to have spurts like that. That's any and every county and municipality."

McDaniel said the aforementioned crimes were isolated incidents and the county has actually seen a decline in crime.

"The sheriff's office is looking at is a huge drop in crime that we've experienced in the first 9 months of this year, compared to the first 9 months of last year," McDaniel said.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office noted that there were drops in the number of murders to nearly half of last year's figures, 300 fewer burglaries and domestic violence calls have seen a drop as well, when compared to last year.

McDaniel says this is Richmond County's community policing initiative at work.

"The deputies go out and they build a bond with the community; with their beat; with their neighbors; with their neighborhoods."

McDaniel also credits communities for the decrease.

"We want the community to know they can call on us. They should trust us. We're here to fight crime. We're here to make Richmond County better."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office also said do not be afraid to approach the deputies in your area. Strike up a conversation and get to know them. The more familiar you become with them, the better they can serve you.