July 25, 2014 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Law enforcement not always to blame for rising crime rates

Generally, when discussion of an area’s crime rate begins, the implication -- good or bad, rise or fall -- is that law enforcement is to blame or credit. It’s an easy finger to point, however, to aim it at law enforcement is off the mark. Sheriffs and police chiefs have to take credit or blame because that’s the way the game is played -- and there is something to be said about increased police presence preventing certain crimes. But in the statistics in Thursday’s Telegraph, how is any law enforcement agency going to stop a 24 percent rise in shoplifting? Sheriff deputies and police officers can’t climb into the heads of these opportunity criminals and tell them to “Stop It.” All deputies and officers can do is be vigilant.

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