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  Crime across the board declined in the City of Racine, according to statistics released Monday on the police department’s Facebook page. In a letter to city residents, RPD thanks citizens for their efforts in bringing crime down to its lowest point in several decades. “Reported crime is at its lowest point since at least 1965,” the letter reads. “This could not have been accomplished without the fine citizens of our community.” A few highlights from 2013:
  • 298 violent crimes, the lowest since 1965
  • One homicide, the lowest since 1984
  • 18 rapes, but a note on the stats indicates that federal reporting rules changed in 2013 to allow for a broader definition so those numbers are expected to rise
  • 179 robberies, lowest since 1978
  • 100 aggravated assault, lowest in 10 years
  • 1,211 burglaries, up from 2012 when there were 1,101 which was an 11 percent reduction from 1,239 in 2011
  • 95 auto thefts, down from 130 in 2012
  • 9 cases of arson, down from 25 in 2012
The letter to citizens notes that the combination of more resident involvement coupled with those of the sworn officers of RPD and “many community partners” have contributed to the drop in crime rates. “Our citizens have stepped up and partnered with us,” the letter continues. “You’ve become involved and active participants in keeping our city safer … There is more work to be done and together we can keep Racine safe.”

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