It is time to break out the donuts.
The latest crime reports show that Green Bay’s seen a nearly 14 percent decrease in crime in 2018.
“These are the numbers that we dreamed about 15 or 20 years ago, and now we’re living them,” said Chief Andrew Smith of the Green Bay Police Department. “It shows we have a really safe community here in Green Bay and it’s just getting safer.”
This is the second straight year of crushed crime, joining a 9-percent decrease the year before.
So, there is no resting on laurels here.
“We got to keep our foot on the gas and keep pushing,” he said. “Any time we see a crime spike pop up, we need to be on top of that right away. Jump on it, solve it, hold people accountable.”
He says we have not seen burglary numbers this low in since the 70s.
Despite tremendous success, sexual assaults have increased, but that could be due to a changing culture.
“There’s a lot more awareness of sexual assaults and sex crimes in general,” said Smith. “Part of the ‘me too’ movement and all of the things we saw across the country the past year.”
Another area of increase is stolen cars–many cases involve cars left idling in driveways or parking lots.
And many of the culprits are kids too young for a license.
“You put them behind the wheel of a 4,000-pound automobile, without any restraint or without any concerns, that’s dangerous for everybody,” he said.
Newer technologies becoming more prevalent has been integral in reducing crime, but there is a deterrent even more useful than that.
“Really the key for crime reduction is the cooperation of the people here in Green Bay, and they’ve been really, really good about working with us to solve these problems.”