Police: St. Louis County has lowest total crime rate since 1969

Police: St. Louis County has lowest total crime rate since 1969

Police: St. Louis County has lowest total crime rate since 1969

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 4:36 PM

(KMOV.com) – New statistics show crime was down in St. Louis County during 2013.

Numbers released by St. Louis County Police indicate the overall crime rate dropped 7.4 percent. The number of rapes increased by 126 percent, but officials said that was mostly due to a revision of the term by the U.S. Justice Department.

Other numbers broke down this way:

Robbery decreased 6 percent

Aggravated assault deceased 8.4 percent

Motor vehicle theft decreased 25.2 percent

Burglaries decreased 3.2 percent

The department said 2013 was the fifth straight year that crime decreased, while total crime is the lowest it has been since 1969.

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