Statistics show Laurel crime down first half of 2014

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014.

According to their Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, from January through June the department has had 689 reportable offenses, that's 63 less compared to last year.

"Right now for comparison purposes, we're down 8.4% and only up in one category and hopefully that evens out by the end of the year," said Captain Tommy Cox.

The category that Cox is referring to is homicide. In the first six months of 2013 the department had one homicide, in 2014 the city has had three.

"We wound up having three in 2013 so hopefully we won't have anymore the rest of the year and it'll be three compared to three and hopefully the year after that it'll be zero," said Captain Cox.

Aside from homicides, the department has seen a decrease in rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries in the city.

"We're headed to a downward trend and looking to the public to continue to help us with calling in when they see something that doesn't look right," said Cox.

The department realizes that the decrease in crime statistics does not minimize the trauma felt by the crime victims.

"They can be down seventy-five percent and it's not going to make any difference to the person whose house was burglarized yesterday, we understand that, but this does reflect a positive trend," said Captain Cox. "We're going to continue to try to solve the ones that we have and put them in jail and hopefully it'll be down further by the end of the year."

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