Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the latest crime statistics released on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website, show that Putnam County remains the safest county in New York State.
According to the annual DCJS report entitled “County Index Crime Counts and Rates Per 100,000 Population” for 2013, Putnam County had the lowest total crime index rate among all counties in New York State for the fourth year in a row.
According to the State report, the total number of index crimes in Putnam County has steadily dropped since 2009 when 963 index crimes were reported. In 2012, 875 index crimes were reported 2012. That number dropped again to 772 in 2013. Additionally, the number of property crimes in Putnam County has declined from 834 in 2012 to 723 in 2013.
“The four-year downward trend in crime that we have seen in Putnam County is especially noteworthy considering that we are surrounded by Dutchess, Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties, all of which have been designated by the State as ‘Operation Impact’ counties,” said Sheriff Smith. “Operation Impact” counties are those who have been identified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services as the 17 counties which account for 80% of the crimes occurring in New York State outside of New York City.
These reductions in criminal activities are significant considering that our nation’s economy remains stagnant, that there is an alarming increase in the number of people affected by substance abuse, especially those plagued by heroin addiction, and that those suffering from mental health issues may have contact with law enforcement because they may not be getting the mental health treatment that is needed due to the decreasing resources from New York State.
“Everyone who lives and works within the County shares the credit for keeping crime low in Putnam,” said the Sheriff. “Caring citizens, active houses of worship, outstanding civic organizations and schools, and businesses have supported law enforcement efforts in ensuring that Putnam County remains a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“The exceptionally cohesive relationship that exists among the police agencies, coupled with the close working relationship we have with our county’s fire departments, ambulance corps, and emergency first responders, continues to foster an effective team approach in protecting and serving the public. At the same time we must remain vigilant because even one crime severely impacts victims. I am proud to be Putnam County’s Sheriff and am confident that as we all work together, we will continue to enjoy the extraordinary quality of life that we all have grown accustomed to here in this beautiful county,” concluded the Sheriff.