The Democratic Party candidate for McHenry County Sheriff, Mike Mahon, has sent the following press release:
MAHON NOTES CRIME UP IN MCHENRY, DOWN IN NEIGHBORING COUNTIES
DESPITE HEAVY SPENDING HERE
Candidate for McHenry County Sheriff Mike Mahon Wednesday said that Illinois State Police figures show McHenry County posted an overall increase in indexed crimes from the years 2000 to 2008 while surrounding counties improved their public safety records, some by significant margins.
“Under Sheriff Keith Nygren, McHenry County showed an increase of 141 reported serious crimes in 2008 as opposed to year 2000. Lake County posted a drop of 963 reported crimes over the same years, a drop of almost 6% compared with our increase of 2.5%,”
“Meanwhile, Kane County went down 24%, almost a quarter of all indexed crimes. Our neighbors seem to know how to reduce crime.
“I wish they would let Sheriff Nygren in on the secret. It can’t just be spending more money, because the Sheriff’s Office budget has ballooned more than 100% in the intervening years.”
The Illinois State Police compiles data on reported crimes. Indexed crimes include Murder, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Assault/Battery, Burglary, Theft, Vehicle Theft and Arson.
According to ISP figures used in a Northern Illinois University statistical catalogue, over the years between 2000 and 2008 (the most recent year available), indexed crimes went down statewide and in many neighboring counties.
- Kane County: down 24%
- DeKalb County: down 12%
- Lee County: down 17%
- Ogle County: down 18%
- DuPage County: down 2%
“The Sheriff is the principal law enforcement officer in the County,” Mahon said.
“While not directly responsible for those crimes committed in various municipalities, he does set the tone for the county as a whole and should be able to identify and marshal resources to combat crime trends.
“If he were doing a better job, we’d be part of this good news, not lagging behind.
“It all points to a failure to effectively target the serious amounts of money the Sheriff’s Office receives from hard-pressed taxpayers.”