According to Graham Police Chief Tony Widner, there were no reports of burglaries in Graham for over a month to start 2014. This is good news for a community embattled by the crime trend during October, November and December.

Though Widner is not easing up on the problem, he said that this is a positive outcome.

“We need to see what’s going to happen down the road,” he said. “But I think that we’ve adjusted to the situation right now, and we’ve taken the first steps, and we just need to follow it through to the end.”

Widner added that the GPD does have plans to continue fighting local criminal activity, and that some of what his department needs, from more personnel and more equipment, becomes costly.

“And that’s just from an enforcement side,” Widner added. “As far the court side, I don’t know what it would take for them to be able to keep up with the increased case load.”

City Councilwoman Pam Scott said that while the drop in burglary reports is a good thing, much more needs to be done.

“I know it’s getting better and I’m so thankful for that,” Scott said. “I know there’s a lot of communication going on, and we’re still looking at forming a task force in which we will be looking at the problems and trying to find quick solutions for the community. But we need to recognize the fact that this may be an ongoing evaluation that we look at extensively to make sure that this isn’t a situation that just took a break for a few days.”

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.