City of Lincoln
2007 News Releases
Mayor Coleen Seng and Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady unveiled Lincoln’s crime statistics for 2006 today. The 2006 numbers show that crime in Lincoln dropped 4 percent in 2006 compared to 2005. The crime rate, which reflects the number of crimes per capita, fell 5.3 percent in Lincoln. This marks the fifth consecutive year of declining crime in Lincoln. Crime in Lincoln has been down 8 of the past 10 years and it has dropped steadily since it peaked in 1991.
The crime statistics are compiled by the Lincoln Police Department as part of the FBI’s national Uniform Crime Reporting program which tracks murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, and larceny theft. Lincoln's violent crime rate fell 10.6 percent, while the property crime rate fell 4.7 percent. This overall decrease in the violent crime rate for Lincoln is particularly noteworthy in light of the national trend of increasing violent crime in 2005 and the first half of 2006.
“The decrease in crime in our city over the past decade despite the fairly significant population growth is evidence that the efforts of many citizens and organizations to maintain the quality of life in our community are paying off,” said Mayor Seng. “I am very pleased with the work of members of our Police Department. Their work as problem solvers is outstanding, and these results reflect the commitment of the women and men of the department.”
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady credited a 46% increase in arrests by Lincoln police officers during the past decade as a significant factor related to the continuing decline in crime. “The number of police officers per capita in Lincoln continues to be the smallest in Nebraska, and one of the smallest in the country,” said Casady, “and during the past decade we have added the equivalent of Kearney to Lincoln’s population. It would be difficult to find a police department anywhere with the kind of productivity in criminal investigations and arrests that the Lincoln Police Department maintains.”
Crime data are reported to the FBI by over 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 in the United States.