Digging Deeper: Violent Crime in Fort Wayne on upward trend

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Despite Mayor Tom Henry’s accolades on the city’s crime data Wendesday, statistics show an overall upward trend in violent crime in Fort Wayne.

During the news conference Wednesday, Henry pointed to the first quarter of 2019 compaired to the first quarter of 2018. That data showed a 12.81% decrease in violent crimes as defined by the FBI crime report as homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

“Our proactive public safety efforts are making a difference. The reduction in crime in several key areas is encouraging and helps validate that we do live in a safe city,” said Mayor Henry. “The safety of our residents, neighborhoods, and businesses continues to be at the forefront of my administration,” Henry wrote in a release.

“I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making to reduce crime in our community,” Chief Reed wrote in the release. “The men and women of the Fort Wayne Police Department are committed to serving and protecting and providing excellent public safety services. Their collective dedication is making a meaningful difference.”

READ MORE: City announces reductions of crime year to year

ABC21 Dug deeper into crime statics to get a wider view of the violent crime statistics in Fort Wayne. We discovered that while crime may have reduced from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, the city has actually seen an upward trend starting from the lowest peak in 2004.

The data show shows an upward trend since 2004, the year Fort Wayne had the fewest violent crimes reported. 2010 was also a standout year in the dataset, with the lowest reported violent crimes per 100,000 people reported.

About the dataset: The data used in this report was voluntarily submitted to the FBI using summary reports. The data shows the estimates for crime offenses; actual reported/known crime offenses; number of arrests of persons and number of clearances (crimes closed by arrest or exceptional means).

The FBI crime data explorer site states that the data is not an exhaustive report of all crime that occurs and it is important to consider the various factors that lead to crime activity and crime reporting before interpreting the data.

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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