According to police in Hope, Arkansas, crime is on a downard trend.
Police Chief J.R. Wilson said statistics show crime is the lowest it’s been since 2001. Wilson said in 2018, violent crime was down thirteen percent compared to the prior year. Property crime was down ten percent.
Officials said an involved community and several effective crime programs likely contributed to the lower numbers. “I have to give a lot of credit to those organizations that work with at-risk populations,
like our domestic violence or mental health services … our court system that has diversion programs
to deal with addicted populations,” Wilson said.
The most common crime in Hope is theft.