Friday, February 1, 2013

KCK homicide rate lowest since 1970


Last year saw a significant drop in crime in Kansas City, Kan.

As a matter of fact, it was a historic drop in crime when it comes to the homicide rate.

In 2012, the homicide rate was at its lowest in KCK in 42 years, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department. The 22 homicides recorded in KCK last year were the lowest since 1970, when the city had 18.

"We believe that our joint efforts in sharing information both internally and externally, the Crime Strategy Process, and our initiatives in community interaction and problem solving, to name a few, have made a difference in combating violent crime in the Community," said KCK police sergeant Emmett Lockridge.

The homicide rate dropped 18.5 percent in 2012 from 2011. Since 2009, the homicide rate has dipped by 16.6 percent per year.

Going back to just a decade earlier, the homicide drop is more significant. In 2001, 65 murders happened in KCK. Just six years ago, 46 murders were recorded.

Overall crime decreased by over six percent in KCK from 2011.