ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - The St. Louis County Police Department released crime statistics Wednesday for 2012.
A spokesperson for the department says serious crime has decreased by 8.7 percent to the lowest level since 1969. This is the fourth consecutive year for overall crime reduction.
The crime numbers include offenses in the City of Dellwood, which brought in county police in March 2012.
The county reports there were eight homicides in 2012, a decrease of nearly 53 percent over 2011.
Rapes decreased by 20.6 percent, robbery decreased by 12 percent, burglary decreased by 21.1 percent, arson decreased by 11 percent, and larceny decreased by 7.2 percent.
Motor vehicle theft increased by 13.3 percent, and aggravated assault increased by 2.4 percent.
"I am very proud of our patrol officers, detectives and support personnel because this decrease emphasizes their continued dedication and commitment to the community. It is a great accomplishment to have a reduction in crime reported from the previous year. It was this time last year we reported 2011 as being the lowest number of crimes in 41 years and we reduced that number this year. Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to ensure the safety of everyone within St. Louis County," said Chief Tim Fitch.
St. Louis County police serve more than 410,000 people.