COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A new report released by the Columbus Consolidated Government shows that overall crime in the city has decreased 24 percent from the first quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
According to the release, there has been a "marked improvement in burglary (down by 306 or 32%), robbery (down by 70 or 45%), larceny (124 or 22%) and motor vehicle theft (down 38 or 11%). Murder rates are also down compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. However, there were four more rapes and nine more aggravated assaults.
Comparing the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2013, "there has been a 44% reduction in the Murder rate...a 20% reduction in robbery, a 4% reduction in aggravated assaults and a 7% reduction in larceny." However rape, burglary, and motor vehicle theft were up by comparison.
The report claims that 2014 first quarter Part-1 crime rates were the lowest in all 25 quarters, dating back to 2008. The lowest three in the last 25 quarters were the first quarters of 2011, 2012, and 2014.
"The good news is we have had 888 less crime victims this quarter than we did last quarter," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson in the press release. "The bad news is, we had 2,849 crime victims. We see some encouraging downward trends in burglary and robberies due to the extraordinary work of our law enforcement professionals and diligent citizen watch groups. And, we see good news in the Murder rate being down."