Wicomico Co. Sheriff’s Office: Overdoses down, violent crimes up in 2018

SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County is taking a look back on 2018 as a year that stayed pretty consistent when it comes to crimes.

“We saw increases and we saw decreases so while they offset, it’s kind of interesting to look at some of the numbers,” explains Lt. Tim Robinson of Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad either, that’s the best way to describe 2018. It was a year that fell in line with the trends the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office has recorded over the past several years.

“We have seen consistent reductions in the amount of heroin overdoses in the county we saw a decrease from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.”

A decline in overdoses, but an uptick in drug arrests.

“Drug arrests here in Wicomico County are consistently increasing so it’s a combination of arrests of individuals in possession of drugs. We’re also targeting the distributors and those who are trying to come in and poison our community with these drugs.”

A trend that isn’t too surprising for local residents.

“I’m not surprised at all no I mean the opioid epidemic is pretty wide standing I would say widespread,” says Ben Struss.

And while drug arrests are on the rise so are violent crimes.

“Overall our increases were in what we call Part One crimes. Serious felonies, murder, assault, robbery rape those kind of issues. We did see a small increase in those types of calls about six percent,” explains Lt. Robinson.

A statistic that not everyone feels the impacts of.

“It’s definitely safer than it was just as far as say five years ago even. Like I’m able to walk around on the street during the night which is more than I can say for how it used to be,” adds Struss.

But that’s not the case for others.

“Not around our neighborhood its been a lot of crime going on,” says Pamela Davis.

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