MOUNT VERNON — A survey by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking county residents what the most serious criminal activity is in their neighborhood.

“Old surveys did not gather information on specific locations in the county so it was less useful,” Sheriff David Shaffer said. “We believe it will vary with the area of the county, but alcohol, drug use and thefts are items we expect to see as the big issues.”

The survey is seven questions. Three of the first four questions may not be answered by some survey-takers, as they deal with contact with the sheriff’s office within the last three years.

The fifth question asks that certain traffic offenses and crimes be rated as significant, somewhat or insignificant. The issues listed include illegal drug activity, littering, public drinking/intoxication, trespassing, theft from vehicles and internet/computer scams.

Below that is a question asking for the survey-taker’s village or township of residence. Leaving an e-mail or phone number is optional.

There is also a box in the survey for general comments.

Shaffer said the survey is also aimed at how deputies are performing on the job. Questions involving contact with officers ask if they were helpful and whether the survey-taker feels they were treated fairly.

To take the survey, visit the sheriff’s office website at The survey is part of a list on the left hand side of the page, two thirds of the way down the column that starts with “Home.”

Paper copies of the survey are available at the sheriff’s office and are also being distributed at community and outreach events.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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