Posted By: Camila Orti
Crime statistics from last year show that overall crime is down compared to 2012- the lowest rates the Capital City has seen in more than 40 years.
The statistics, compiled from FBI data, were announced Thursday morning in a news conference. Although the crime rate has been on a steady decline since 1991, Mayor Chris Beutler says there are still some areas that need work.
"Since 1991, we've seen a decrease of 4,470 crimes, despite the fact that our population has increased by over 75,000 people," Beutler said.
New data from the Lincoln Police Department shows reported crime in Lincoln fell nearly 8 percent in 2013 over the year before. Violent crimes like rape and assault decreased by 50 cases, and property crimes, like vandalism, fell by more than 800 cases.
Public Safety Director Tom Casady says it's thanks to three main reasons. LPD has taken more of an investigative approach, known as "problem-oriented policing."
"They try to find that underlying problem and then they try to find solutions to those particular problems," Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said.
Improved technology like cell phones and surveillance video help police access information faster, and community participation, like Neighborhood Watch and Crimestoppers, has also led to more arrests.
But there are still areas needing improvement. Robbery cases increased over the last year.
"It's not only increased since 1991 but that increase has been pretty steady," Casady said.
Lincoln police recorded 208 robbery cases last year, ten more than 2012.
"The increase has been in what I call street robberies, these are robberies not at retail businesses, not the kind of hold-up we normally think about," Casady said.
According to Casady, drug–related activity is to blame.
Murder cases also increased from three to five.
More information on Lincoln's crime rate and LPD is available at police.lincoln.ne.gov.