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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The area experienced civil unrest following the events in Ferguson.  This may have cut into a major downturn in the overall crime rate.

Police say that overall crime has decreased 3.3% over the past year in a new report.  Crimes against people have increased 5.3% while property crimes have dropped 5.4%.  The department says that crime in the City of St. Louis has hit an 8 year record low.

Crime was down 12.3% through the month of July.  Then civil unrest erupted after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.  Chief Dotson says in a release to the media that, “As we begin 2015, officers will refocus their efforts on hot-spot policing and implementing new policing strategies in our neighborhoods, ultimately working towards continuing the decreases in crime we’ve seen over the past decade.”

Part I Crimes which represent the 3.3 percent decrease. Those crimes are comprised of homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies/thefts, vehicle thefts and arsons.

Details:

  • Total Part I Crimes decreased 3.3 percent when compared to 2013, from 26,342 crimes to 25,462 crimes
  • The last year in which fewer crimes were reported was in 1966, when 25,798 crimes were reported
  • Violent Crime (Crimes Against Persons) increased 5.3 percent when compared to 2013, from 5,078 crimes to 5,348 crimes
  • Property Crimes decreased 5.4 percent when compared to 2013, from 21,264 crimes to 20,114 crimes

2014 Reported Crimes Against Persons

  • Homicides increased 32.5 percent from 120 to 159
  • Rapes, which include both Forced Rapes and Attempted Rapes, decreased 16.2 percent from 333 to 279
  • Robberies increased 7.1 percent from 1,458 to 1,562
  • Aggravated Assaults increased 5.7 percent from 3,167 to 3,348

2014 Reported Property Crimes

  • Burglaries decreased 2.2 percent from 4,305 to 4,209
  • Larcenies decreased 7.3 percent from 13,452 to 12,465
  • Vehicle Thefts decreased by 2.5 percent from 3,330 to 3,247
  • Arsons increased 9.0 percent from 177 to 193