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Violent crime numbers decline in city

November 2, 2012

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Violent crime dropped in Lawrence in 2011 by nearly 19 percent, according to official FBI numbers released this week. Property crime also dipped slightly.

Here’s a look at the numbers:

• Violent crimes, which include murder, rape, assault, and robbery, dropped from 413 to 335 between 2010 and 2011.

• Robberies, which dropped 39 percent, from 61 to 37; and aggravated assaults and batteries, which dropped 15 percent, from 312 to 265, saw the biggest decreases in violent crime between 2010 and 2011.

• Property crimes, which include burglaries, larceny and thefts, motor vehicle theft and arson, dropped from 3,841 to 3,807 between 2010 and 2011.

The local numbers follow national trends. According to the FBI release, violent crime decreased for the fifth year in a row, while reported property crimes decreased for the ninth year in a row. The numbers include crimes reported to law enforcement.

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Violent crime in Lawrence

Chart shows violent crimes reported to Lawrence Police between 2004 and 2011. Crimes shown are those included in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. Numbers for 2011 are projected based on data from the first six months of 2011. Information provided by the FBI and the Lawrence Police Department.

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Property crime in Lawrence

Chart shows property crimes reported to Lawrence Police between 2004 and 2011. Crimes shown are those included in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Numbers for 2011 are projected based on data from the first six months of 2011. Information provided by the FBI and the Lawrence Police Department.

Comments

Keith Richards 2 years, 1 month ago

How will Khatib justify his want for a new $40 million dollar palace and 100 new police officers if violent crime is dropping?

Food_for_Thought 2 years, 1 month ago

You did notice that this is last year's stats, right? Also, your argument is weak, given that you're basing it off of a single year's statistics. 2005 looked pretty good for Lawrence, too, until the crime rate shot back up in 2006 (as the graphs here clearly indicate). Even then, how much has crime dropped off in surrounding cities or across the whole state? One thing's certain - you surely aren't a stockbroker (or a very good one, at least).

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, Does that explain why Lawrence Needs an Armored S.W.A.T. Tank?

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