According to the latest reports on criminal activity for the 2013 calendar year in Southaven, homicides and violent crimes have gone down but commercial burglary almost doubled.
The Southaven Police Department’s annual report reveals a total of 474 burglaries reported in the third largest city in the state of Mississippi—that is up from 417 burglaries reported in 2012.
For commercial, or business, burglaries, 43 reports were taken in 2013 compared to only 26 in 2012. This is where the largest discrepancy lies.
But, on the bright side, absolutely no homicides were reported in 2013, so violent crime is being kept in check. For three consecutive years Southaven has gone without reports of murder in a city with an estimated population of 50,000.
According to the Southaven Police Chief, Tom Long, this crime report is an indicator that Southaven is a very safe place for people to live. The chief also commended the community for their involvement in the prevention of crime.
Even if crime reports increase in certain categories, like commercial burglaries, the rates of crime have remained roughly the same as in previous years—even with the growth in population.
Seems as though Northern Mississippi isn’t a bad place to stake a claim and settle down.