Sheriff tells River Heights council crimes against children are up

RIVER HEIGHTS—The Cache County Sheriff’s Office saw a county-wide increase in sex offenses, drunk driving arrests and crimes against families and children in 2010, Sheriff Lynn Nelson told the River Heights City Council Tuesday night. “We’ve seen a huge increase in computer crimes directed at children,” Nelson said. “We’ve put people on that full-time and they’ve had tons of work. It’s really turned into quite an epidemic.”Nelson said although the CCSO arrested more people for drunk driving in 2010 than in previous years, that number might be higher because the training and expertise of the deputies is getting better.Despite the higher numbers, Cache Valley is still one of the safest places to live. According to information in presented in the CCSO’s Annual Report, the Part One crimes index statistics for the sheriff’s office is 11.99. Logan City, which has its own police department, is 16.67, and Salt Lake City is 86.47. Part One crimes are serious felonies tracked nationwide by the FBI. Examples include robbery, rape, vehicle theft, and homicide.

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