Harrisonburg crime lower overall in 2018

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HARRISONBURG,Va.(WHSV) -- Another year and another of lower crime reports for the city of Harrisonburg.

The city released it's overall reported crime statistics for 2018 and it's lower than it was in 2017 and 2016.

Police credit this lower number to the way officers act on crimes before they can happen.

One approach the department uses to act on crimes is called the Stratified Policing Model.

"With that model we utilize a crime analyst who pulls past, criminal behavior, crime trends and offender locations," Sgt. Chris Monahan, of the Harrisonburg Police Department, said. "We pull all that information together and build a comprehensive plan and work from there."

Another tool the department has been using in recent years is the power of social media.

Sgt. Monahan said it's an easy way to provide information to the public on recent crimes and give advice on preventing crimes.

Not all reported crime numbers were down from a year ago, according to the report. More acts of fraud were reported compared to 2017's figures.

"We look at these numbers and see that there's a lot of areas that we do an excellent job in reducing crime. There's also some areas we need to work on," Sgt. Monahan, said.

Harrisonburg Police Department said they look forward to working with the community again this year to bring reported crime rates even lower in 2019.