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The recent article in The Fairfax Times (“Herndon Sees Uptick in Crime,” Feb. 6) created a misperception that crime in the town of Herndon is increasing.

In fact, according to data maintained by the Herndon Police Department for the 2012 calendar year just completed, crime in all categories is down, with the exception of narcotic violations (due in large part to proactive narcotics investigations). Homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, destruction of property — all down in 2012 when compared to 2011, in some cases by double digit percentage points.

While statistics for the just-completed month of January are not yet compiled, the fact is that the department has made arrests on most of our major cases thus far this year. As a result of proactive police work, as well as enhanced community policing, Herndon’s citizens can feel confident in the safety of our streets and neighborhoods.

Col. Maggie A. DeBoard

Chief of Police

Herndon Police Department