St. Petersburg Criminal Trend Moving Upward

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St. Petersburg Criminal Trend Moving Upward

Posted on April 5, 2013

The City of St. Petersburg has showed great progress over the last few years with declining crime statistics. The first two months of 2013 are showing a reversal of those declining crime statistics and is now showing a 14.4 percent increase in crime as compared to last year’s figures.

 

The St. Petersburg Police Department is not overly concerned with the trend as the uptick only shows the first two months of the year. The St. Petersburg Police Department has taken steps to remind people to not leave themselves open to crime. This public reminder was in part a response to their investigations revealing that 65% of the auto thefts occurred to people who left their keys in the car.

Comparing the first two months of 2012 to the first two months of 2013, the City of St. Petersburg has seen a 30 percent increase in burglaries, 42 percent increase in car theft, 8 percent increase in violent crime, and 15.3 percent increase in property.

Chief Chuck Harmon is keeping an eye on the trends but the City of St. Petersburg is still 2.4 percent below the five year average for January and February.

 

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