St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson Says Crime is Down 7.1 Percent: "We Are Very Optimistic"



St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that crime is down in the city this year -- and he's optimistic about continued crime reductions moving forward.

Dotson, who stepped up to the position in January, gave a crime report through on 2013 statistics through June at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's board meeting yesterday, noting that total crime is down 7.1 percent year-to-date and "crimes against persons" are down twenty percent.

And the negative perception of crime in the city, Dotson argued, is perpetuated by the media.

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Of news reporting on St. Louis crime, Dotson said:

It's driven a lot of the coverage that's portrayed in the media. If it's an incident in the city, it's on the front page. If it's an incident in the county, it's page seven. If it's in the city it leads on television, if it's somewhere else it's further in the newscast.

Here are some tweets from SLMPD on the crime reductions this year so far:

Comparing the January to June 2013 data to the parallel 2012 data, we see that there have been drops in many areas.

Through June, there were a total of 58 homicides last year, and only 49 this year in the metro area (As of this writing today, the total homicide count for 2013 is 56).

Sam Dotson. - VIA FACEBOOK

In terms of total crimes through the first half of the year, there have been 12,430 incidents through June this year, compared to 13,387 last year.

Armed robberies, burglaries and auto thefts are also down.

Here are the 2012 and 2013 reports through June.

January - June, 2012

January - June 2013

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