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Schoharie Sees Mixed Bag on Recent Property Crime

Written By Editor on 9/19/13 | 9/19/13

One of the most unfortunate parts of Hurricane Irene's aftermath was the string of theft, vandalism, and burglary that affected many of the flood damaged communities up and down the Schoharie Valley. Local police forces were tasked to the max as high-profile cases hit Middleburgh, Schoharie and Esperance-- even reaching the Mayor of Middleburgh's house in 2012 and one owned by Assemblyman Pete Lopez this year.

The perceived rise in property crime actually was significantly lower than that of just a few years prior. Since Sheriff Tony Desmond has taken office, the year over year rates have dropped since 2009, but the three year average is higher.

Overall, comparing 2009 to 2012, we see the property crime rate down almost 15%. If we average in the prior three years, however, the numbers tell a different story. Average the prior three years brings in the dramatically low rate of 2007. The average of 2007-2009 is 1,325 per 100,000. Averaging the three years of Sheriff Desmond's administration, the rate is 1,388 per 100,000. Overall, the difference between the two periods is a 4.8% increase. This comes as the violent crime rate dropped precipitously during the same period.
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