Murders up, overall crime down in St. Louis

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 12:47 AM

ST. LOUIS—St. Louis had more homicides in 2013 than 2012, but police say over overall the city was down.

St. Louis recorded 120 murders in 2013, up seven from 113 in 2012, according to statistics released Monday. That’s still a far cry from the peak of 267 in 1993.

Total crime was down 5.4 percent, while violent crime dropped 10.3 percent from 5,661 cases to 5,078. Officials say property crimes decreased by more than 5 percent.

“Overall crime is down almost 50 percent since 2006…While I am encouraged by our successes, I also know there is much more work to be done,” said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Forcible rape was one violent crime that went up in 2013, with a 67.3 percent increase from 199 to 333 cases. Police attributed the rise to a newly-implemented definition of rape.

Here is a breakdown in the change in crime rates:

2013 Reported Crimes Against Persons:

- Homicides increased 6.2 percent from 113 to 120

- Forcible Rapes increased 67.3 percent from 199 to 333

- Robberies decreased 18 percent from 1,778 to 1,458

- Aggravated Assaults decreased 11.3 percent from 3,571 to 3,167

2013 Reported Property Crimes:

- Burglaries decreased 13.7 percent from 4,986 to 4,305

- Larcenies decreased 0.5 percent from 13,520 to 13,452

- Vehicle Thefts decreased by 4.6 percent from 3,489 to 3,330

 

- Arsons decreased 10.6 percent from 198 to 177

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