VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Despite the recent spike in violence, the Valdosta Police Department said they are seeing a dramatic decrease in crime.
The department is reporting that they have seen a 14% decrease in violent and property crimes from the past two years.
Homicides, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts were all down in 2018, in comparison to 2017.
“It’s not just the police department. I do want to stress that. I’d love to say that we’re there every time that we need to be somewhere but we’re not. The biggest thing that our department does is we do get in the community. We try to educate people on how to protect themselves and we have a good relationship with our community. So, people are coming forward when they see something," said Leslie Manahan, Interim Valdosta Chief of Police.
Manahan also said every community has crime but it’s their job to solve that crime.
In Valdosta, there were approximately 150 less burglaries, 40 less vehicle thefts, and 6 less homicides.