LINCOLN, Neb. -- Mayor Chris Beutler and Public Safety Director Tom Casady announced Thursday that the City’s crime rate is now lower than it was in 1970.
The crime statistics for calendar year 2013 show that the City’s overall reported crime fell by 7.8 percent compared to 2012. The total number of crimes fell by 868 from 11,110 to 10,242. The crime rate (the number of crimes divided by the population) has declined by 49.8 percent since the peak year in 1991.
“Since 1991, we’ve seen a decrease of 4,470 crimes, despite the fact that our population has increased by over 75,000 people,” Mayor Beutler said. “A major contributor is our Police Department’s focus on problem-oriented policing, working with community stakeholders on underlying problems that contribute to crime. Rapid access to information resources, crime analysis and information technology have also played an important role.”
The Mayor said the community has also played a role in keeping the City safe. He cited the Stronger Safer Neighborhood Initiative, Neighborhood Watch and Crimestoppers as well as the City’s strong library and park system and services offered through Community Learning Centers, mentoring programs and nonprofits.
The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) compiles statistics as part of the FBI’s national Uniform Crime Reporting program. In the seven areas tracked by the FBI, also called Part 1 offenses, Lincoln had decreases in five – larceny-theft fell by 625, burglary by 190, rape by 32, aggravated assaults by 29 and auto theft by 3. The number of murders increased from three to five, and the number of robberies increase from 198 to 208.
Since 1991, violent crime is down by 34.8 percent, and property crime is down by 55.7 percent. Public Safety Director Tom Casady said the long-term downturn in crime mirrors a national trend, but the ability of Lincoln police officers to identify problem locations and apply solutions is exceptional. He said robbery is the one crime that has consistently increased in Lincoln over the past 20 years, and it will continue to be a major focus of LPD during 2014.