According to the Green Bay Police Department, crime rates dropped 13.81% during 2018.
The department has announced the statistical analysis for the Part 1 Crimes has been completed. These crimes are reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Part 1 Crimes are serious crimes separated into two categories: Violent Crimes and Property Crimes.
Violent Crimes, according to the GBPD, include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property Crimes, based on the UCR, include burglary, larceny/theft, stolen motor vehicles, and arson.
The UCR, as stated by the GBPD, shows the crime numbers from 2003 to 2018. Between 2017 and 2018, Green Bay saw a 13.81% decrease in Part 1 Crimes, according to the UCR.
“These are very good crime numbers and crime rates we haven’t seen since the seventies and eighties” -Police Chief Andrew Smith
“These are very good crime numbers and crime rates we haven’t seen since the seventies and eighties,” stated Chief Andrew Smith, “We are very proud that crime is trending downward in Green Bay, but one violent crime is too many especially when you are talking about crimes like homicide and rape. We will continue our best efforts to prevent crime and where it cannot be prevented, we will hold those responsible to account. Green Bay is not the place to try and commit a crime.”
Although many of the Part 1 Crimes are seeing reductions, there are two which remain a concern according to the GBPD: rape and stolen motor vehicles. In 2018, the UCR states there were 64 reported rapes, up from 51 reported in 2017. The report further states 93 stolen motor vehicles were reported in 2018, an increase from the 82 reported in 2017.
Regarding the increase in reported rapes, Captain Jeremy Muraski stated, “We analyze our crime numbers and incidents every week during crime control meetings in an effort to detect pattern crimes and crime trends. When it comes to serious crimes like sexual assault, we work very hard to detect and address any repeat offenders.”
Chief Smith added, “We are not seeing cases of repeat serial rapists attacking random strangers.”
The GBPD states they have implemented Crime Analysis, Intelligence-Led Policing, Spatial GIS Analysis, and utilizes those principles in concert with a community policing focus.
“The hard work of the men and women of the Green Bay Police Department and our mutual trust with the community are absolutely vital to our success”, Chief Smith stated. “Not only have our officers embraced community policing, but they partner with people from throughout the city to fight crime and solve problems. Also, they are doing more with less every day… we are down 14 officers and still hammering away at crime every watch, every day. The detectives have built a reputation of relentlessness in following up on serious crimes… and its working.”
To see the entire press release from the Green Bay Police Department, click here.