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FBI studies show violent crimes on the decline in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

73, that's the number of violent crimes in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties in 2012.

"We've aggressively pursuing criminals, we're aggressively trying to solve crime and it brings a whole different approach," said Jason Bridges, Nacogdoches County Sheriff.

Both counties saw a decrease in murders, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults since 2011.

 According to FBI crime statistics, in 2011 there were 86 in Angelina County and 85 in Nacogdoches County.

 "We never drop our guard law enforcement and citizens should do that as well always have safety in mind," said Greg Sanches, Angelina County Sheriff.   

 Nacogdoches Police Chief Jim Sevey says in the past year there have been fewer interactions between criminals and their victims.

"We've seen an increase in electronic based cyber crime and a decrease in other violent crimes," said Sevey.

Despite the decrease in violent crime law enforcement officials say their focus is staying proactive.

"That means being out there patrolling staying out there with citizens and also getting the citizens involvement with law enforcement," said Sanches.

 "We have arrested a lot of good suspects in our county like any county, some of your main offenders are people that you have problems with and a lot of these people are in jail right now," said Bridges.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches says education is the key and hopes to use the Angelina County app to keep the community informed.

"If we can get things out there in real time then that helps catch people a lot quicker and get information a lot quicker," said Sanches.

Officials say that safety is a community wide effort that they hope to continue for years to come.

"Many things figure into it that we can't control, really every year is a new year and we try to keep up with it as best we can," said Sevey.

 Along with fewer violent crimes, the FBI data also shows both counties saw a decrease in the number of property crimes.

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