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Burglaries down in Bradley County, says Sheriff Eric Watson

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Burglaries in Bradley County are down, according to a news release issued by Sheriff Eric Watson.

Watson says “We have more deputies than ever on the roads in Bradley County and deputies have become more familiar with the citizens, churches, schools, homes and businesses in the county.”  He also cites a more vigorous and expanded Criminal Investigations Division, working with patrol and citizens as additional reasons.

During the period from September 2013 through August 2014, BCSO investigated 388 burglaries. From September 2014 through August 2015, BCSO investigated 265 burglaries, marking a total of 123 less burglaries over the year to date.

Watson says that October of 2014 was the month the tide began for burglaries in Bradley County. Deputies stopped a vehicle with stolen items inside, and the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division began to dig further into the histories of the suspects inside the vehicle.

By the end of October, 2014, some 47% of the burglaries that month had been solved, according to Watson.

“Each man and woman who makes up Patrol and CID with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office are eager to assist one another in any sort of investigation at any time,” he said, “that clearly has shown by the very noticeable drop in the number of burglaries in just one year’s time.  A decrease of 123 burglaries means 123 fewer families, businesses, schools and churches have suffered a loss of goods they bought and paid for.”

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