Home break-ins and other property crimes have shot up as the locally economy crumbled, he said.
Jenkins is relatively poor, with a median household income of $28,000, compared to $49,000 nationally, according to the U.S. Census.
Other counties to experience sharp declines in compensation last year include Jasper and Ben Hill, which each had a 12 percent drop. At the other end of the spectrum: Heard County, up 53 percent, and Peach and Chattahoochee counties, up 17 percent each.
Metro Atlanta’s compensation was basically flat in 2008, according to the report, though some areas experienced notable swings. Clayton County’s compensation fell 4 percent, while Forsyth’s rose 7 percent