The crime stats for 2013 are out for St. Louis City and crime is down over 5 percent. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that despite a slight up-tick in murders last year--120 in 2013 compared to 113 in 2012--but he believes the perception of St. Louis' crime problem does not match the reality.
"While some say that St. Louis has a crime problem, I agree, we still have work to do," says Dotson, "but our strategies are working and St. Louis is certainly a safer city now than it was just a couple of years ago.
According to the department, crime is down 50 percent since 2006. Dotson says Hot Spot Policing was a huge part of the department's success this year.
2013 Part I Crime Statistics:
Total Part I Crimes decreased 5.4 percent when compared to 2012, from 27,854 to 26,342
o The last year in which fewer crimes were reported was in 1966, when 25,798 crimes were reported
Violent Crime (Crimes Against Persons) decreased 10.3 percent when compared to 2012, from 5,661 to 5,078
Property Crimes decreased 4.2 percent when compared to 2012, from 22,193 to 21,264
2013 Reported Crimes Against Persons
Homicides increased 6.2 percent from 113 to 120
o While there was an increase in homicides this category remains below the five year average of 136.
Forcible Rapes increased 67.3 percent from 199 to 333 - It should be noted that in January 2013 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) implemented a revised definition of rape within their UCR program. The
expanded definition allows law enforcement agencies to report more accurate rape offense data throughout the UCR program to ensure all applicable rape offenses and all victims of any gender or age are accounted for. As a result of the revised definition, the FBI expected to see an increase in reported rape offense data. However, this does necessarily mean there is an increase in rapes. See the FBI’s UCR guidelines for further explanation of the revised definition for rape.
Robberies decreased 18 percent from 1,778 to 1,458
o This represents the lowest number since 1953 when 1,378 robberies were reported
Aggravated Assaults decreased 11.3 percent from 3,571 to 3,167
o This represents the lowest number since 1968 when 2613 aggravated assaults were reported
2013 Reported Property Crimes
Burglaries decreased 13.7 percent from 4,986 to 4,305
o This represents the lowest number since 1950 when there were 3,744 burglaries reported
Larcenies decreased 0.5 percent from 13,520 to 13,452
Vehicle Thefts decreased by 4.6 percent from 3,489 to 3,330
o This represents the lowest number since 1952 when 2,789 vehicle thefts reported
Arsons decreased 10.6 percent from 198 to 177
o This represents the lowest number reported in the arson category since being
recognized by UCR as a Part I Crime in 1980
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Democrats are preparing to outline a tax cut proposal, despite their fierce opposition to a Republican tax plan last year.
Rep. Jon Carpenter, a Democrat from Kansas City, was expected to file legislation and release his plan to reduce state taxes on Monday.
Another Kansas City Democrat, Sen. Jolie Justus, has signaled that her party would be open to tax cuts under certain circumstance. She says it is a matter of who benefits from the cuts.
House Democrats voted last year against a Republican proposal to reduce individual and corporate income tax rates over 10 years. The GOP plan failed when the Legislature could not secure enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois is creating a statewide system to regulate access to firearms by people who have mental health problems.
The Department of Human Services unveiled an online database Monday that will be used to compile information about people a professional deems a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others.
Human Services Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler says Illinois' new concealed-carry law broadened the requirements of who must report information and kind of details must be shared.
Mental health professionals must report people in Illinois who've been declared in court to be mentally disabled, developmentally disabled, or meet qualifications for posing a "clear and present danger."
That information is checked against a list of those qualified to own a gun. The Illinois State Police then investigate the matter.
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - Ameren Missouri plans to build a solar energy facility in O'Fallon, Mo.
The St. Louis-based utility announced plans for the multimillion-dollar facility on Monday. Ameren says the plant will provide 5.7 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 650 homes.
The project is expected to create up to 70 construction jobs. Work should begin in April and Ameren hopes to have the project operating by December.