Police: Hattiesburg crime rates plunge

Hattiesburg police say the month of October has seen a 45 percent decrease in overall crime in the Hub City. That announcement came during the department's monthly Comstat meeting Wednesday.

Officials say robbery is down 83 percent, commercial burglary 64 percent, residential burglary 56 percent, auto burglary 24 percent, auto theft 8 percent. Narcotics arrests are up 38 percent.

Officials say one reason for the decrease in commercial burglary is the recent arrests of six suspects who may have been involved in a series of storage facility break-ins.