Archive for Monday, September 13, 2010

Reports of violent crimes in Lawrence increase in 2009

September 13, 2010


Violent crime rose slightly, and the city saw a jump in reported rapes in 2009. But property crime in Lawrence declined for the second straight year, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reports, released Monday.

Here’s a summary:

• Violent crime — which includes rape, murder, robbery and assault — increased from 412 reports in 2008 to 424 reports in 2009.

• Reported rapes increased by more than 40 percent, jumping from 40 in 2008 to 57 in 2009. In 2006 and 2007, 48 rapes were reported in Lawrence.

• Property crime dropped from 4,656 offenses in 2008 to 4,390 in 2009.

• Violent crime and property crime in 2009 dropped nationally, by 5.3 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.

The Uniform Crime Reports are compiled from information submitted by local law enforcement agencies, and only reflect crime reported to police.


geekin_topekan 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, the headline says "Violent crime in lawrence decrease" but the stats show that it has actually increased.

BUT, if you look at the national average which has decreased, and you take into account that Lawrence is in the U.S. then. . .

wmathews 7 years, 9 months ago

You guys are right - the headline was incorrected. I made the change. You should see it if you refresh the story.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

wmathews 7 years, 9 months ago

Yikes! Yes. I was obviously thinking faster than my fingers would type there.

TheOriginalCA 7 years, 9 months ago

wmathews (Whitney Mathews) replies… Yikes! Yes. I was obviously thinking faster than my fingers would type there.

September 13, 2010 at 1:51 p.m. permalinkreplysuggest removal

LOL, Dyslexics UNTIE!!

wmathews 7 years, 9 months ago

One fake word per week. Last week it was "efforting." This week it's "incorrected." Try to use them both in a sentence today.

parrothead8 7 years, 9 months ago

Usually, on one of these stories about crime, a lot of people show up to blame the Obama administration for the increase in crime. Their logic is usually that the recession (which started before Obama took office) is due to Obama's economic policies (none of which were in place before the recession started) has caused many people dire financial situations. These dire financial situations cause people to turn to crime.

I wonder if the same people will credit the Obama administration with the decrease in violent and property crimes nationally in 2009. Hmmm?

Flap Doodle 7 years, 9 months ago

I blame frustrated Progressives who are angry that we haven't achieved the Workers Paradise yet.

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

The 40% increase in reported rapes concerns me.

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 9 months ago

Reported rapes is always a tricky one to understand and it's difficult to get a sense of whether sexual violence is actually increasing. When we've done larger sexual assault features in the past, experts have told us that fluctuations in smaller city like Lawrence are to be expected, and that an increase in reports in some ways can be seen as a positive step -- in that victims are speaking out and reporting.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

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