Report: AZ border crime down, still higher than rest of state - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Report: AZ border crime down, still higher than rest of state

Posted: Updated:
Statistics from the Government Accountability Office show the violent crime rate along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is down. (Source: GAO) Statistics from the Government Accountability Office show the violent crime rate along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is down. (Source: GAO)
While border crime might be down, it is still higher than the rest of Arizona. (Source: CBS 5 News) While border crime might be down, it is still higher than the rest of Arizona. (Source: CBS 5 News)
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Teen Challenge Super Thrift Store now open in Columbus

    Teen Challenge thrift store now open in Columbus

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:08:09 GMT
    A new store is now open in Columbus, and it's affordable. The Teen Challenge super thrift store is 10,000 square feet filled with 20,000 items including lightly used furniture, clothes, electronics and moMore >>
    A new store is now open in Columbus, and it's affordable. The Teen Challenge super thrift store is 10,000 square feet filled with 20,000 items including lightly used furniture, clothes, electronics and more.More >>
  • Military Matters: Grubbin to Give

    Military Matters: Grubbin to Give

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:09 GMT
    Most of us love to eat, and if we can help out a worthwhile charity at the same time it's icing on the cake, or ketchup on the burger, to use a phrase more befitting of this week's Military Matters.More >>
    The Four Winds Restaurant in Cusseta is known for the world-famous Ranger Burger, and it sold a bunch of them recently… enough to raise $1,500 for charity.

    The promotion, called Grubbin to Give, put 50 percent of the day's proceeds in the coffers of the Warrior Outreach Program.
    More >>
  • Columbus High scores 2014 Top High Schools list

    Columbus High scores 2014 Top High Schools list

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:35:05 GMT
    Columbus High School Liberal Arts Magnet ranks 38th in the nation, according to The Daily Beast's list of 2014 Top High Schools. The ranking system used six indicators from school surveys that compared publMore >>
    Columbus High School Liberal Arts Magnet ranks 38th in the nation, according to The Daily Beast's list of 2014 Top High Schools. The ranking system used six indicators from school surveys that compared public high schools in the U.S. with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The Secretary of Homeland Security claims crime at the Arizona-Mexico border is down. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says it's up.
         
It turns out that a new report by the federal government shows they're both right. 
Congress asked the Government Accountability Office for some numbers on crimes at the border. They saw incidents of violent crimes skyrocketing in Mexico and had concerns about spillover in the U.S.
 
They looked at 24 border counties in four states and gathered information from 37 law enforcement agencies.

The report states currently there is no common federal definition of "spillover crime," which makes it tough to track violent crimes that are connected to Mexico.

So the GAO looked at incidents of violent crime from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.
 
Statistics show the violent crime rate along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas is down.

In Arizona it's dropped the most, plunging 33 percent from 2004 to 2011. 
 
The Government Accountability Office also looked at counties within those four states that are not along the border, and found crime is also down.

In Arizona, non-border county crimes are down 22 percent in the same seven-year time period.
 
However, the statistics show something different in Arizona not seen in any of the other border states, and something Brewer has been saying all along.

The violent crime stats in Arizona's border counties are higher than the rest of the state. They have been that way for years. In California, New Mexico and Texas, crime along the border communities is lower than the rest of the state.
 
There is no reason given for that aspect of the report, and the GAO is not making any recommendations.

There's an effort now under way to define "spillover" crimes in order to come up with more accurate numbers.
 
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
  
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.