Overall crime in the city dropped 4.5 percent through the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year, Police Supt. Jody Weis announced today.
In nearly every category, crime was down, and for the 21st straight month crime dropped overall and in violent and property offenses, according to preliminary data.
Murder declined by 2.3 percent, with 343 reported through the end of September -- eight fewer than last year at this time, according to Weis.
This drop put the city on pace to make this year’s murder total the lowest in the city since 1965, he said.
Police also said:
- Violent crime was down more than 11 percent.
- Criminal Sexual Assault – down 9.1 percent
- Robbery – down 13.4 percent
- Aggravated Assault – down 12.9 percent
- Aggravated Battery – down 7.7 percent
- Property Index Crime is down 2.6 percent
- Burglary – down 2.6 percent
- Theft – down 7.1 percent
- Motor Vehicle Theft – up 22.3 percent
- Arson – down 15.1 percent
- Vehicle thefts increased 22.3 percent in September.