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St. Louis police report crime at four decade low, but statistics could be misleading

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 (KMOV) -- The St. Louis Police Department released a report on Wednesday that showed overall crime in the city is at a four decade low. The department reported a more than 9 percent drop in violent crime in 2010.

However, a closer look reveals that the numbers might not tell the entire story.

For example, here’s how city police count car break-ins: if 15 cars get broken into on a parking lot, the statistics will only count the break-ins as one incident because it’s one location.

Police say this evens out because shootings aren’t handled this way. If a bullet is fired at a group of people, it counts as 10 aggravated assaults. This however, could make these crime statistics look even higher than they actually are.

Additionally, the FBI uses a policy that says a single investigation should only count once, so St. Louis Police adopted that approach as well.

To learn more, watch the video above.

To take a closer look at the numbers, and see a neighborhood breakdown, click here.

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