For release Thursday, January 31, 2013
Aggravated assaults, auto theft, burglaries and sex offenses down in 2012.
Arson, homicide, larceny and robbery higher in 2012.
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach today released the crime statistics for 2012. The numbers showed a mixed bag of results, with both drops and increases in various crime categories in 2012 when compared to the prior year.
According to the report, property crimes were essentially flat from 2011 to 2012, with an increase of only .3% (three tenths of one percent). Crimes against persons rose 10.4% year over year.
In addition to the crime statistics, the report also showed a drop in the number of calls for service. In 2011, the West Palm Beach police department received 182,778 calls for service. In 2012, that number dropped to 171,426.
“The numbers are a valuable tool that our police department uses to help map out what they are doing well but also what areas need extra attention,” said Elliot Cohen, the city’s Director of Communications. ”
“Our new police chief, Vincent Demasi is a big believer in using data to help make changes that will maximize public safety. These numbers play right into his new intelligence-led policing model,” added Cohen.