Trumann seeks community's help in lowering crime - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Trumann seeks community's help in lowering crime

Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson (Source: KAIT) Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -

Trumann police need the community to help them reduce property crime.

“We ask them to be a part of the conversation and also ask them to be a part of the solution,” said Police Chief Chadwick Henson. “We’ve seen a rise in property crime historically over the last 15 years. And so we have to ask the community to help us out with that property crime.”

Residents living in Trumann can do simple things that will make a huge difference in the town’s crime rate.

“The number one thing we are asking is to lock your doors,” Henson said. “Lock doors on your homes, on your vehicles, sheds. If you have anything of value in your vehicles, remove it.”

Police mostly deal with stolen weapons, prescription pills, and other items of value.

Henson said most criminals in town aren’t breaking out windows to snatch up things.

“We don’t see them using tools to break into vehicles, or homes, they are simply looking for an unlocked door, and we see a rash of that,” the police chief said.

Residents can also make themselves victims by posting on social media whenever they're away from home.

“Criminals are using this as an opportunity to break into houses,” said Henson. “People are reporting what their exact location is on there. If I can see that, if you can see that, the bad guy can see it too.”

Henson said the police department has been working diligently with the community to make a difference.

Using common sense, he said, can make Trumann a safer place and reduce crime, but the community and police have to continue to work together.

“If the public can help us with that, just imagine, we could have the crime rate of Mayberry,” he said.

Henson pulled up a graph of Trumann’s property crime from 2006 to 2017.

There were several spikes throughout the year, but Henson did show 2017’s current numbers which are on track to see a decrease from 2016.

In 2016, Trumann reported just over 400 property crimes total. So far in 2017, they are slightly under 400 reported crimes.

“We’ve got to work together on this,” he said. 

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • GR8 Job: The Academies at Jonesboro High School honored

    GR8 Job: The Academies at Jonesboro High School honored

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:54:08 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-04-26 00:10:34 GMT
    Arkansas State University Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse spoke at an event honoring The Academies at Jonesboro High School for becoming a "wall to wall" nationally certified Model Academy. (Source: Jonesboro School District Facebook page)Arkansas State University Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse spoke at an event honoring The Academies at Jonesboro High School for becoming a "wall to wall" nationally certified Model Academy. (Source: Jonesboro School District Facebook page)
    Arkansas State University Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse spoke at an event honoring The Academies at Jonesboro High School for becoming a "wall to wall" nationally certified Model Academy. (Source: Jonesboro School District Facebook page)Arkansas State University Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse spoke at an event honoring The Academies at Jonesboro High School for becoming a "wall to wall" nationally certified Model Academy. (Source: Jonesboro School District Facebook page)

    The Academies at Jonesboro High School received recognition Wednesday for its work in building a "wall-to-wall" nationally certified Model Academy. 

    The Academies at Jonesboro High School received recognition Wednesday for its work in building a "wall-to-wall" nationally certified Model Academy. 

  • Alive After Five to see changes this year

    Alive After Five to see changes this year

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:38:08 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-04-26 00:07:57 GMT
    The Downtown Jonesboro Alive After Five street market will be held in the parking by Eleanor's Pizzeria on Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)The Downtown Jonesboro Alive After Five street market will be held in the parking by Eleanor's Pizzeria on Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    The Downtown Jonesboro Alive After Five street market will be held in the parking by Eleanor's Pizzeria on Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)The Downtown Jonesboro Alive After Five street market will be held in the parking by Eleanor's Pizzeria on Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    An event held in Downtown Jonesboro each month during the spring, summer and early fall is making some changes, with officials hopeful that the changes will bring more people to the area. 

    An event held in Downtown Jonesboro each month during the spring, summer and early fall is making some changes, with officials hopeful that the changes will bring more people to the area. 

  • Medical professionals join forces with church congregations on project

    Medical professionals join forces with church congregations on project

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:56:47 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:33 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:33:41 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    St. Bernards Healthcare Professionals are teaming up with church leaders to reach more people.

    St. Bernards Healthcare Professionals are teaming up with church leaders to reach more people.

Powered by Frankly