Crime Statistics Send Mixed Signals about Crime

Crime Statistics Send Mixed Signals about Crime

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The number of homicides and criminal sexual misconduct cases in Flint rose last year, according to newly released Flint crime statistics. The city saw an increase in the number of murders with a spike between August 11th and July 31st that left 11 people dead. This spike included the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 70-year-old babysitter on August 10th. Homicides increased by 71 percent, with 48 last year compared to 28 the year before. Flint Police Chief James Tolbert noted that motivations for the homicides included:

  • Retaliation;
  • Drugs;
  • Robbery;
  • Fights;
  • Domestic abuse;
  • Gang related;
  • Accidents;
  • Intimidation; and
  • Unknown motives.

Police Chief Tolbert expressed his disappointment in the numbers, noting that “even one homicide in the city is too many.”

Crime is Down in Some Areas

There was also some positive news about crime levels in Flint. The city experienced decreases in other areas of crime such as robbery and arson. Other areas where the report notes decreases include:

  • Robbery decreased by six percent. There were 376 robberies in 2015 and 399 in 2014;
  • Aggravated assault decreased by 13 percent;
  • Arson decreased by 44 percent. There were 87 acts of arson in 2015 and 155 in 2014;
  • Burglaries decreased by 16 percent. There were 1,403 in 2015 and 1,676 in 2014; and
  • Burglaries without forced entry were down more than one percent, with 154 cases in 2015 and 156 in 2014.

Drops in auto and auto part theft also led to a three percent decrease in larceny in Flint.The police chief noted that the overall 13 percent decrease in violent crime and 10 percent decrease in property crime are promising and not to be scoffed at. Tolbert expects a continued decrease in crime as the Flint police department continues to partner the Michigan State Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and the community.

Arson Numbers Decrease in Flint

Home fires decreased by nearly 30 percent in Flint. Flint Fire Chief David Cox Jr. explained that this decrease was due in part to community assistance in preventing arson. Cox gives credit to the city’s Knock and Speak program. The program has strengthened the fire department’s connection with the community by creating personal ties between the fire department and the neighborhood. Cox notes that creating aware citizens is an asset to the city since the community serves as “our eyes and ears.” He believes that simply knowing that someone is watching has helped deter people from setting fires.

Work with a Flint Criminal Defense Attorney

Statistics are important for understanding what is happening in the world around us. However, a criminal conviction has serious consequences for the accused and his or her family. If you have been charged with a robbery, felony assault, arson, or burglary, please contact a Flint criminal defense attorney at Nickola Law. We can go over the facts of your case and develop a strategy for representing you in court. Contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation.

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