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Uniform Crime Report trends mostly downward for 2016

Post Date:February 03, 2017

The 2016 Uniform Crime Report shows a slight decrease in Lewisville, with major crimes showing the largest declines.

Lewisville Police Department captures crime statistics for both voluntary submission to the UCR and for departmental use. Lewisville has a relatively low number of reports among several crime types, so small numerical changes can represent large percentage changes.

For reported offenses in 2016, Lewisville saw a 3.5 percent increase in Part 1 offenses over 2015 and a 4.4 percent decrease in Part II crimes, for an overall crime decrease of 1.6 percent. Decreases were noted for crimes against persons such as Murder (-100 percent – there were two murders in 2015 and none in 2016), Rape (-4.5 percent), Robbery (-16.9 percent), and Aggravated Assault (-16.8 percent). Burglary of Buildings increased (34.2 percent) while Burglary of a Habitation decreased (-7.1 percent). Motor Vehicle Thefts increased in 2016 (17.3 percent).

“I am pleased with the downward trend in crime reporting,” said Chief Russ Kerbow. “I am particularly pleased with the overall reductions in crimes against persons. The partnership between the police department and the community is a large contributor to the reduction in all crime. The fact that our total reported crime of 7,619 crimes is lower in 2016 than it was ten years ago is mind boggling. This aligns nicely with the Lewisville 2025 plan of ensuring ‘Thriving Neighborhoods’ by increasing safety.” 

The complete statistics from the Uniform Crime Report are posted on the Police Department page on cityoflewisville.com. A more detailed map showing where all the reported crimes happened is posted on the Crime Statistics page of cityoflewisville.com.

The Uniform Crime Report is an annual report issued by the FBI that presents data on selected categories of crimes reported to participating police departments. Offenses in the UCR are divided into two groups – Part 1 and Part II. Part I crimes encompass most violent crimes, as well as certain property crimes. Part II offenses include lesser, mostly non-violent crimes. Only arrests are reported for Part II offenses.