Alabama crime rates down, according to report

New figures reveal a 4% decrease in overall crime statewide. (Source: MGN Online)
New figures reveal a 4% decrease in overall crime statewide. (Source: MGN Online)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A newly released report looks at 2013 crime statistics in the state of Alabama compared to 2012.

Statewide, there were 173,916 reported crimes in 2013, which is a 4 percent decrease from 2012.

That's an average of 477 crimes reported a day.

The full, 166-page report takes an extensive look at reported crimes from 350 law enforcement agencies.

The report breaks down offenses into parts. "Part 1" offenses include homicides, rapes, robbery, assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny and arson.

When it comes to homicides, there were 342 reported statewide in 2013, which was a 5 percent increase from 2012.

67 percent involved handguns, 10 involved knives, 4 percent hands or feet, and another 4 percent involved another type of firearm like a rifle or shotgun.

For just Part 1 offenses, Athens reported 316, Decatur 481, and Huntsville 1,587.

The report also breaks down crimes by cities with more than 50,000 residents. There are only two in north Alabama - Huntsville and Decatur.

In 2013, Huntsville had 24 homicides, 87 rapes, and 391 robberies.

Decatur had 5 homicides, 12 rapes, and 26 robberies.

If you are interested in seeing the clearance rate for each department, check out a PDF copy of the report in its entirety.

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