HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - As the population increases in North Mississippi communities such as Horn Lake, so do the chances of crime.
"Whenever you have an increase of population - more people in a given area - the law of averages would tell you that certain things will happen that will increase," Horn Lake Police Department spokesperson Shannon Beshears said.
According to Beshears, recent events like the armed kidnapping of a Pizza Hut employee, the murder of a 16-year old, and a domestic violence homicide are not reflective of an increase of crime in the area.
"You could say that there is more of an emphasis put on it from citizens here in DeSoto County that may perceive to be so," he said.
Statistics show crime in Horn Lake from 2002 to 2007 initially spiked, but in the past few years crimes dropped, and are now holding steady.
Beshears said all law enforcement agencies in the Mid-South are aggressively working to keep a handle on crime. Horn Lake, he said, has a message for those who plan on committing a crime.
"We're going to make it so unbearably horrible for them to come to Horn Lake to commit crimes that they will go somewhere else," he said.
As Horn Lake's population continues to grow, the city plan on adding more officers to its police force, Beshears said.