E.C. Reports Both Positive, Negative Trends in Crime Stats
Above: East Chicago crime rates for the first six months of 2013 and 2014 as reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program
July 21, 2014 — The city of East Chicago is reporting mixed results as officials there and across the region continue to battle violent crime.
On Monday, East Chicago Chief of Police Mark J. Becker released statistics on crime in the city for the first six months of 2014 as reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. While the total number of crimes reported in the first half of the year dropped compared to the same period last year from 853 in 2013 down to 700 in 2014, the number of violent crimes increased, from 78 incidents to 109. Violent crimes reported in the UCR program include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Chief Becker says the overall report shows an 18% drop in crime in the city, and a 50% decline in murder, from 6 in 2013 to 3 in 2014. The report also indicates that the city experienced fewer property crimes, dropping from 775 to 591 such crimes.
Despite increases in some types of crime, police believe the city is on track to achieve some of its lowest crime rates on record.
In 2013 total crime reported to the FBI UCR program was 1,957 crimes, the lowest reported by the city since at least 1995, the earliest year for which records were available.