January 17 – Violent crimes in Decatur were down nearly 20 percent and property crimes dropped by nearly 15 percent according to statistics released Thursday by Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz.
In a media release, Getz said “officers should be commended for their hard work in bringing these crimes down. The citizens should also be commended for taking steps to help the city become a safer and more secure place.”
Gets reported total violent crimes were down 19.4 percent and property crimes fell 14.5 percent. A breakdown showed a 10 percent drop in homicides, a 42.3 percent drop in sexual assaults, a 23.3 percent drop in arson and a 20.8 percent decline in robbery. Dropoffs in aggravated assault and battery, vehicle theft, retail theft and burglary ranged from 14.9-16.3 percent.
“The Decatur Police Department will continue to work very hard and remain proactive in reducing crime in 2019,” said Getz.