Survey results show residents satisfied with City's safety and security
Mayor Chris Beutler and Police Chief Tom Casady today released crime statistics for calendar year 2009 showing that the City's overall reported crime fell by 4 percent compared to 2008. The total number of crimes fell from 11,381 to 10,985. That's the lowest number since 1985, despite a 73,000 increase in Lincoln's population during that same time period. When adjusted for population, the crime rate (the number of crimes divided by the population) is at its lowest point since the early 1970s.
Mayor Beutler also released two more findings from the recent phone survey of 600 randomly selected residents - 89 percent of those responding said they were satisfied or very satisfied with safety and security in the entire City and in their neighborhoods.
We could not have achieved these result without the Police Department's focus on crime prevention and problem-oriented policing," Mayor Beutler said. "The Department's sophisticated and effective policing strategies continue to result in lowering the crime rate and assuring the public that we live in a safe community.
At the same time, the Mayor credited the broader community for its role in keeping Lincoln safe and in reducing the impact of crime. He said collaborative efforts like the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods Initiative are coordinating the resources of neighborhoods, rental property owners, non-profits, businesses and police to address root causes of crime. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teammates, Community Learning Centers, The Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army and NeighborWorks are all important partners that work with the City to help make the community safer.
The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) compiles statistics as part of the FBI's national Uniform Crime Reporting program. In the seven areas tracked by the FBI, Lincoln had decreases in four - aggravated assaults fell by 110, robberies by 27, larceny-theft by 291, and auto theft by 81. There were four murders in Lincoln in both 2008 and 2009. Increases were seen in the number of rapes reported to the Police (15 more) and burglaries (37 more).
Since crime rates peaked in Lincoln in 1991, crime has been falling steadily," Casady said "Crime over the past two decades mirrors national trends, although Lincoln's decrease has been more significant and sustained.
The Mayor also commended LPD for achieving a record high clearance rate - the percentage of crimes solved through arrests. The clearance rate for 2009 reached 30 percent, compared to a national average of 21 percent. While new technology helps, Casady said it's the people who solve cases.
Our ability to target our resources and use information to our advantage is especially valuable," Casady said. "But in the end, good work on the street by our officers is where the credit rests.
Crime data are reported to the FBI by more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide and serve as the basis for most published crime statistics, crime rate comparisons and historical comparisons of crime reported to the police.
More information on Lincoln's crime rate is available at police.lincoln.ne.gov.