Two Schools in Kentucky Are on Lockdown After Nearby Robbery Attempt
HENDERSON — September 28
Two educational facilities in the city of Henderson, Kentucky were on lockdown after a robbery happened nearby. The lockdowns occurred at South Middle School and South Heights Elementary Schools.
As local authorities say, the robbery suspects have not been located yet, making the area unsafe for kids, so they were ordered to stay home. According to HPD Officer Jennifer Richmond, a Food Market at Madison Street was robbed by an armed person.
"All students are safe! Lockdown is a precaution while we check the area and begin an investigation," said Richmond in a Facebook post.
Kentucky is generally considered to be one of the “safer” states in America. According to data provided by Cityrating.com, Kentucky crime rates indicate a visible downward trend based on 17 years of reports which show both violent crime and property crime decreasing.
Based on this report, the crime rate in Kentucky for the current year is expected to be lower than two years ago, in 2016, when the state violent crime rate was lower than the national violent crime rate average by 41.49%, and the state property crime rate was lower than the national property crime rate average by 10.65%.
Yet, the total numbers for Kentucky are still pretty bad: as of 2016, almost 3500 robbery attempts and more than 10000 violent crimes were reported, which serves as proof that the state of Kentucky (as well as the U.S. in general) have got serious problems in this field.
Henderson itself is considered to be “quiet” city on the state level with the city’s violent crime rate being lower than the national violent crime rate average by 51.21%. Two years ago (the most recent data provided and counted) the city violent crime rate in Henderson was lower than the one in Kentucky by 16.6%.
At the same time, the city property crime rate in Henderson was higher than the property crime rate in Kentucky by 21.18%. This robbery attempt will become a part of the changing crime statistics in this small community.