Henderson police chief talks crime

March 12, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
Henderson's police chief sat down with ABC11 Wednesday to talk about recent crime reports that have left many people saying they're concerned for their safety.

Chief Keith Sidwell said he wants people know that they are safe, and that law enforcement is working around the clock to solve the crimes.

Sidwell said there has been a lot of misinformation out in the community, partially fueled by negative postings in social media.

"Very much so in the hysteria that has occurred," he said. "Henderson is safe."

Sidwell said crime rates are down in Henderson in the past three years, and that at least 40 violent criminals have been federally indicted. He also said there are more arrests to come.

In the past two months, there's been a double homicide, three carjackings, and one sexual assault in the city in the span of a few weeks. A murder suspect is also behind bars.

The chief said people are safe but need to be careful.

"You should use common sense, realize that the sensationalism of social media has blown these incidents out of proportion," said Sidwell. "Yes, we've had some incidents since that short time period."

ABC11 attempted to interview the Vance County Sheriff as well, but he did not return our calls.

Click here to watch the full interview with Chief Sidwell.

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