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Crime is down, homicides are up for first half of 2017, according to LMPD

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crime is down, but homicides are up. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad held a joint news conference to go over what they say is a decline in crime. 

Conrad said crime is down 4 percent for the first half of 2017 compared to last year. He said crime is down in all eight LMPD divisions in every category except homicides, which are up 20 percent. 

"Even though we've had fewer shootings overall, more of those shootings have led to a fatality," Conrad said. "One in four people being shot is dying. That can come from a number of different factors. More shots being fired, more people firing shots at the same victim ... it is something that we've not seen before."

LMPD numbers show drops in violent crimes including rape, robbery and aggravated assaults. But Conrad said the department will continue to work its plan with a focus on reducing the murder rate and putting resources in neighborhoods that need them most. 

LMPD data from the first six months of 2017 compared to the same six months of 2016 show:

  • Violent crime overall is down 5 percent. 
  • Homicides are up 20 percent
  • Rape is down 15 percent
  • Robbery is down 14 percent
  • Aggravated Assaults are down 0.5 percent
  • Property Crime is down 3.7 percent
  • Burglary is down 1.9 percent
  • Larceny is down 4.8 percent
  • Motor vehicle theft is down 1.4 percent

Fischer said the city is headed in the right direction with 658 fewer crimes in Louisville for the first half of the year. He says the numbers are positive, but there is a lot of work to do. 

And while the homicide rate is concerning, Fischer says overdoses cause twice as many deaths as homicides do. And Conrad said getting drugs and dealers off the street requires a community response. 

LMPD numbers show the decline in crime are in all eight patrol divisions:

  • First Division (Downtown area, Portland, Russell and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods): Down 10.3 percent. 
  • Second Division (Shawnee, Chickasaw and Park DuValle neighborhoods): Down 5.5 percent. 
  • Third Division (Iroquois Park, Pleasure Ridge Park, Valley Station and Fairdale): Down 2.7 percent. 
  • Fourth Division ( Smoketown, Churchill Downs, the Fairgrounds, South Louisville and Old Louisville):  Down 4.2 percent. 
  • Fifth Division (Highlands, Clifton and Cherokee and Seneca Park areas): Down 7 percent. 
  • Sixth Division (Audubon Park, Newburg, Norfolk, the airport and GE): Down 2.3 percent. 
  • Seventh Division (Okolona, Fern Creek, Ford plant and the Jefferson Mall): Down 0.13 percent. 
  • Eighth Division (Middletown, Lyndon, Oxmoor and the Ford Truck Plant): Down 0.07 percent. 

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