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Schoharie County Violent Crime Rate Plummets During Desmond Admin

Written By Editor on 9/17/13 | 9/17/13

During this fierce election season, Sheriff Anthony Desmond has asked voters to support the "change they know." During Desmond's three and a half years as Sheriff, there have been varying crime statistics that point to his job performance.

One of which is the fact that the violent crime rate has dropped dramatically under the current Sheriff. The three years of his term has seen the rate of violent crime at 52.7 per 100,000. The three previous years saw the rate at 70.6. This represents a total of an over 25% drop during this period. Similarly, the violent crime rate for all of New York State less NYC is down 9.2% comparing 2009 to 2012.


Schoharie County's fall also compares quite favorably to the rest of the state. 2012's rate of 54.5 is far lower than the state total of 405.1 and the non-NYC of 233.0. In fact, Schoharie County's rate is now so low that is is the second lowest in the state, behind only sparsely populated Hamilton County.
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