ST. LOUIS, Mo. - In a release Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department, overall crime was cited as decreasing from 26,342 total crimes in 2013 to 25,462 crimes in 2014, a total decrease of 3.3 percent.
The statistics indicate decreases in total crime, reported crimes against persons and reported property crimes.
“Through the month of July, overall crime in the City of St. Louis was down 12.3 percent, with a 5.8 percent decrease in person crime and a 13.8 percent decrease in property crime. In the past five months, our region has experienced many challenges stemming from civil unrest. Throughout this time, our officers displayed a high degree of professionalism while protecting the First Amendment rights of the citizens we serve,” Chief Sam Dotson said in the release. “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.”
Despite total numbers being down, homicides increased dramatically, from 120 to 159, an increase of 32.5 percent. Robberies also increased, as well as aggravated assaults and arson.
The decrease can be attributed to fewer burglaries, which saw it's lowest number since 1950, vehicle thefts, seeing it's lowest number since 1952, larcenies and rapes.
Rapes, which include both forced rapes and attempted rapes, declined from 333 in 2013 to 279 in 2014, a change of 16.2 percent.