Law enforcement officials in Cedar Rapids released their annual summary of crime reports for 2019 yesterday. The results were mixed compared to recent averages.

The report separated crimes into several different categories. Across all categories, there were 549 fewer overall incidents in 2019. That is a 3.6 percent reduction in total crimes. But the results weren't all good.

Violent crime in Cedar Rapids was higher in 2019 when compared to the five year average by 2.5 percent, or 9 incidents. That entire increase can be attributed to aggravated assaults, the only category within violent crime that saw an increase in 2019. Murder was equal to its five-year average at 6 incidents with 7 total victims in 2019. Sexual assaults were down, as were robberies by some 26 incidents.

Major property crime was down in 2019 with a decrease of 528 incidents or just over 10 percent. But crimes involving weapons saw a significant increase. Police recorded 34 more incidents in 2019 for an increase of over 8 percent. A total of 156 weapons-related crimes occurred last year.


[via KCRG]

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