Looks like both property and violent crime rates continue to drop across the city, according to the latest COMSTAT numbers released by the Jackson Police Department.
The report for April 15-21, which you can read http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/documents/2013/apr/25/comstat-42113/">here, details how, across the board, property crime is down 18.5 percent year-to-date and violent crime is down six percent.
The biggest drops in rates appear to be in business burglary and grand larceny, which are down 43.3 percent and 45.1 percent, respectively. There have been 114 business burglaries to date in 2013, compared to 201 in 2012, and there have been 150 acts of grand larceny in 2013, down from 273 year-to-date in 2012. Auto burglaries have also fallen off at a rate of 41.7 percent (74 YTD compared to 127 last year).
Homicides, which have been a hot topic of discussion in recent weeks, are down 33.3 percent (14 in 2013 to 21 in 2012).
There were some trouble spots in the report as well. There has been a rash of house burglaries in the past week in Precinct 3, which covers Northwest Jackson from I-220 to Mill Street. Police responded to 16 house burglaries, four of which took place in the Queens neighborhood between Flag Chapel Road and Magnolia Road.
Precinct 2, which spans from West Hwy. 80 to I-55 through the downtown area, saw a congestion of house burglaries near Washington Addition and between Terry Road and Gallatin Street. Police responded to eight auto thefts last week alone. But looking at the bigger picture, crime is down this year 23.6 in that precinct, traditionally Jackson's most dangerous.