Crime stats released through city communications director Chris Mims Wednesday afternoon showed that overall crime in Jackson has decreased 16.2 percent year-to-date.
According to JPD numbers, total property crime has dropped by 17.6 percent and violent crime is down 9 percent from last year.
"In property crime, the most significant decreases were seen in grand larceny which has dropped some 48.1% and business burglaries which have decreased by 47.3%," the release said. "Other decreases include: auto burglaries which have decreased by 7.5%, and auto thefts which have decreased by 19.2%. Violent crime categories showing significant decreases included homicides with a 28.6% decrease, aggravated assault with a 15.6% decrease and armed robbery with a 6.5% decrease over this time last year."
Crime statistics are readily available to members of the public every other week at the Jackson Police Department’s COMSTAT meetings. The next meeting is April 4, 2013 at 9 a.m. at JPD headquarters on Pascagoula Street.
Statistics provided by today were based on COMSTAT numbers through March 24, 2013.