Sunday, August 27, 2023

Homicide down 22% in St. Louis

Homicides in St. Louis are down about 22% from this time last year, and other reported crimes in the city are among their lowest levels since 2009, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The drop in homicides is on pace to be the city’s largest year-over-year decrease since the 1930s, and the city has its fewest homicides through late August in almost a decade.

Meanwhile, reported aggravated assaults were down about 6.5% through the end of July. Robberies were down 17%, and burglaries more than 13%.

The trend is encouraging for St. Louis, where for years the per capita homicide rate was among the highest of any city in the nation, largely because violence is concentrated in the city while residents are spread throughout the region. And it’s especially notable because during the dog days of July and August, crimes — especially homicides — tend to spike.

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