Crime stats suggest crime is on a decline

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

A police report of crime statistics through the first third of 2015 suggests that over this time span for the last twelve years, major incidents of crime, for the most part, has been trending down.

According to the statistics, the total number of major crime between January and April in 2003 was 1,198, compared to 682 cases of major crime for that same period in 2015. That reduction amounts to a 43 percent decrease for only that yearly period over the past 12 years.

Major crimes have decreased every year over that 12 year-span, except for the years of 2009 and 2012, where there were spikes in the total number than from the previous year. Since that spike in 2012, which saw a total of 927 major crime incidents, the downward trend has continued and has reduced by around 26 percent over the past four years.

According to those statistics, between January and April since 2012, crime has gone down every year during that span but in 2015. In 2012 that number was 44, in 2013 it was 41, then 33 last year and this it has shot back up to 46 murders in just the first third of the year.

Other major crime categories that have consistently gone down since 2012 are robbery and burglary. Robbery has gone down by 57 percent and burglary has gone down by 20 percent over the January to April time-frame. Rape and theft over the same span has fluctuated slightly, but generally has remained around the same numbers.

Carnal knowledge, unlike the other statistics, has increased over the last four years. That category has increased from 14 cases of carnal knowledge between January and April 2012 to 34 and 32 cases in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In 2015 that number has seen a slight reduction to 26 cases.

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