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Uniform Crime Report shows mixed numbers on crime

Post Date:February 09, 2018
The 2017 Uniform Crime Report shows a slight increase in Lewisville, with major crimes showing 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 example, there were no murders in 2016 and three in 2017.

For reported offenses in 2017, Lewisville saw a 9.4 percent decrease in Part 1 offenses over 2016, and a 13.5 percent increase in Part II crimes, for an overall crime increase of 5 percent. Increases were noted for crimes against persons such as Robbery (46.9 percent) and Aggravated Assault (22.9 percent). Most property crime categories decreased, including Burglary of Buildings (23 percent), Burglary of a Habitation (-16.9 percent), and Motor Vehicle Thefts (7.4 percent).

“I am pleased with the relatively flat trend in crime reporting in 2017,” said Chief Russ Kerbow. “I am particularly pleased with the overall reductions in major crimes involving property. 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 7,999 crimes is lower in 2017 than it was ten years ago is mind boggling. This aligns nicely with the Lewisville 2025 plan of ensuring ‘Thriving Neighborhoods’ by increasing safety.”

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.