Crime slightly up in St. Louis City for first half of 2020; break down of crime stats released


ST. LOUIS – Mayor Lyda Krewson invited St. Louis City Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards to take part in today’s Facebook Live briefing from city hall.

Edwards broke down the crime stats for the year and says overall, crime is up 1.4% this year compared to the same time last year.

He explained a majority of violent crimes stem from personal disputes, domestic altercations, or drug conflicts. He also said most are targeted and not random. The crimes also happen inside, not outside.

Edwards said there were 32 homicides in June and there have been 18 arrests. There were 22 homicides in June of 2019.

Edwards says there were also several reductions of crime from this time last year. Here is a break down:

  • Robbery – down 17%
  • Carjackings – down 9%
  • Sexual Assualts – down 9%
  • Burglaries – down 5%
  • Vehicle thefts – up 1%
  • Larcenies – up 3%

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