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St. Louis County Police Report Crime Reduction for Fifth Straight Year, Lowest Total Since 1969

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For Immediate Release

17-January-2014


Serious crime in the areas under protection of the St. Louis County Police Department has decreased in 2013 from that of 2012. Index crime statistics comparing 2012 to 2013 in unincorporated St. Louis County and the municipalities served by County officers show an overall reduction of 7.4 percent. The 2013 report represents an overall crime reduction for the fifth straight year, and the lowest total crime since 1969.

There were eight homicides reported in both 2012 and 2013. The number of rapes increased by 126.0 percent due to the Justice Department collecting data using a new definition of rape, which was a revision to the Uniform Crime Reporting’s 80-year-old definition. The new definition broadens the scope of the previously narrow definition of rape. Robbery decreased 6.0 percent and aggravated assault decreased 1.2 percent. Arson decreased 26.5 percent, larceny decreased by 8.4 percent and motor vehicle theft decreased by 25.2 percent. Burglaries were also down, showing a decrease of 3.2 percent.

Chief of Police Timothy Fitch stated, "I am very proud of our patrol officers, detectives and support personnel because this decrease emphasizes their continued dedication and commitment to the community. It is a great accomplishment to have a reduction in crime reported from the previous year, and to have a lower number for our fifth year in a row is an even greater accomplishment. Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to ensure the safety of everyone within St. Louis County."

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