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2004 Media Releases

January 8, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Chief Tom Casady, Lincoln Police Department, 441-7237

City Crime Rate Drops to 18-Year Low

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that crime in Lincoln dropped 3.1 percent in 2003 compared to 2002. The crime rate, which reflects the number of crimes per capita, fell 4.5 percent to its lowest point since 1985.

The crime statistics are compiled by the Lincoln Police Department as part of the FBIs national Uniform Crime Reporting program which tracks murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, and larceny theft. Lincoln experienced a decline in each of these categories during 2003. Lincoln's violent crime rate fell 11.7 percent, while the property crime rate fell 2.3 percent.

We can all take pride in the fact that Lincoln remains one of the safest cities in the nation, said Mayor Seng. Our decrease in crime is evidence that the efforts of many citizens and organizations to maintain the quality of life in our community are paying off. This decrease in crime is even more significant when you consider the growth of our community. 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 said crime dropped less than 1 percent in 2002 compared to 2001. He credited the entire community with the favorable crime report for 2003.

I am convinced that partnerships between the police, other agencies and groups, and individual citizens really do make a difference in crime, said Casady. I see great work being done by our officers on a daily basis, and this past year we put forth particularly strong efforts to curtail thefts from autos, burglaries and robberies. But citizens have done great work too, calling Crimestoppers, keeping watches on their own blocks, reporting crimes in progress, serving on neighborhood association boards, hosting block parties, serving as Teammates mentors, and helping to maintain and build social bonds in many other ways. It really takes a community-wide effort to keep Lincoln safe.

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