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Lawrence crime rates down in 2010

May 25, 2011

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2011 Lawrence Crime Maps

A set of interactive Google maps providing a breakdown of crime in Lawrence in 2011.

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Lawrence crime statistics 1999 to 2010 ( .PDF )

Last year, Lawrence followed the national trend of fewer incidents of crime, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released Monday.

Violent crime, which includes rape, murder, robbery and assault, dropped in Lawrence by 6.6 percent and 5.5 percent nationally between 2009 and 2010.

Property crimes reported in Lawrence dropped 8.8 percent from 2009 to 2010, compared with a 2.8 percent decrease nationally.

Here’s a summary of the change from 2009 to 2010, provided by Lawrence police:

• Overall violent crimes dropped from 424 to 396.

• Rapes decreased from 57 to 47.

• Robberies decreased significantly from 76 to 56.

• 2010 was the second consecutive year without a murder in Lawrence.

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

Comments

kansasredlegs 3 years, 10 months ago

I suppose all those "local" statistics put forth by the police department to get an additional $1.2M budget increase for the "A Cop on Every Street Corner program" to fight higher, 'er, oops, I mean lower crime rates just sent the police budget requesters reeling. Probably not, but it will be interesting to see how the department spins this information to justify the increase now.

57chevy 3 years, 10 months ago

I for one, no longer report burglaries due to the lackluster response of the LPD. I did have one theft this year in town, but also one last year so both numbers should be at least one higher. I suspect I am not alone in having abandoned all hope of having a crime fighting/prevention unit in Lawrence. On a brighter note, its the first attempt at reporting crime statistics I've ever seen. Way to go Chief Khatib. Keeping crime statistics a secret should cost the police chief their job. If you keep it up, maybe I'll start reporting crimes again.

kansasredlegs 3 years, 10 months ago

While I am no fan of former Chief Olin, those statistics have been available to the public for years. Though FBI statistics, you should know those stats are derived from the reports generated by LKPD. Since I'm sure the police department knew that the FBI report would show a decline, the budgeteers had to roll out the "we have more crime than other similarly situated university / college towns" to justify its request. More police personnel are not needed, just better use of the current resources.

57chevy 3 years, 10 months ago

I have known people that tried for years to get anything like a crime stat out of LPD wit a total lack of success. While it is written in the public statutes that these are public records, the Police department, at least in the past, has not felt like the open records law applies to them. Cops disobeying the law? Shocking! (just kidding, I used to live in New Orleans). Sort of like when the CEO of the Red Cross attends charity events in a rented limo paid for by donated money? Crime statistics are not necessarily good or bad for the police. Many people feel like we should not fund the department's request because crime is down. I disagree. Lets track these statistics and give more money when crime is DOWN and cut the budget when criime is UP. Pay for performance. To make these decisions we need data. I'll tentatively support a small raise in budget for their small success, but I'm pretty sure an armored car with a machine gun mount is a bit over the top for a town the size of Lawrence.

Russell Fryberger 3 years, 10 months ago

The poor economy is keeping the thugs in Topeka where they belong.

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