(PRWEB) November 07, 2012
Part of the Busted! Grid, Busted! Mugshots reviews crime statistics to help Des Moines residents understand crime trends in their city. Compiled from the 2011 Uniform Crime Report, these numbers provide an overview of national and local crime trends.
Property Crimes Rise in 2011
For 2011 there were more property crimes reported in Des Moines than for 2010. Overall property crime increased by about 9.5% in opposition to the national trend in which property crime fell by .5% from 2010 to 2011. Among the individually tracked categories of crime, Des Moines experienced increased numbers of reported burglaries, larceny thefts, and auto thefts that drove the overall increase.
Burglaries increase 10.9%
Thefts increase 8.7%
Auto Thefts increase 12.7%
Nationally, property crime has been on the decrease since 2003 (based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report). Des Moines has bucked this trend in recent years with increased reports of property crimes in both 2010 and 2011.
Violent Crime Drops Slightly
In Des Moines violent crime fell by .3% primarily based on decreases in reported robberies. Nationally, crime fell by about 3.8%. Among the individually tracked categories both homicides and aggravated assaults increased in 2012 in Des Moines.
Homicides increase 33.3%
Rape decrease 1.9%
Robberies decrease 3.6%
Aggravated Assaults increase .6%
Looking at the numbers for Des Moines, the city has not experienced the overall decrease in crime that most of the country has seen in recent years – property crime is displaying an upward trend while violent crime has fluctuated.
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