Violent crime numbers decline in city

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.