In his weekly update Thursday, Mt. Juliet Police Department Captain Tyler Chander said there has been a big drop in vehicle burglaries the last six months.
Chandler said that the numbers are down 48 percent the last six months as opposed to the six months previous. He said he thinks the Guardian Shield, the license plate recognition program, may play a part in it.
“We feel like it is deterring crime,” said Captain Chandler. “It’s just hard to put a number on it.”
Chandler said it’s hard to know what crime has been prevented because since the crime didn’t happen you are not sure how many there have been stopped. But he does believe Guardian Shield plays a part. It scans license plates throughout the city and if the number is tied to a crime like stolen vehicle, wanted persons, and many other offenses, it alerts the MJPD. They try to stop those vehicles to keep more crime from happening and to arrest those that may have committed a crime in the past.
“Without that criminal element in the city, they cannot commit crime,” said Chandler.
MJPD helps with escaped rodeo steer
A rodeo steer escaped his property Saturday and was spotted throughout the city before finding a different farm to rest.
The steer escaped from his farm on NW Rutland and eventually traveled 12 miles before finally breaking into the Tillman Family Farm on Tillman Drive. As of the last update, the two farm owners were working out a way to get the steer back to his home.