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.
- 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