Dotson: St. Louis Crime Down, Despite Increase in Murders

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Chief Sam Dotson (KMOX/file photo)

Chief Sam Dotson (KMOX/file photo)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The number of murders investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department in 2013 rose from the year before, but St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said overall the latest crime statistics paint a better picture than in years past.

A detailed report on crime statistics in 2013 will be release later today.

Listen to Chief Sam Dotson’s interview with Charlie Brennan below:

The city of St. Louis recorded 120 homicides last year, up 7 from 2012. But Dotson told KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Friday that the slight uptick in homicides doesn’t even compare to what the numbers looked like just over ten years ago.

“The lowest year of any post-recession year is 50 the most 267,” he said, “We’re much closer to the bottom end of the scale than the top.”

The city’s record high of 267 murders was in 1993.

Also highlighting the report is the fact that overall crime is down, according to Dotson.

“Not only total crime, property crime and person crime in the city. The major categorizes we saw a decrease and some of those decreases are double digit,” Dotson said.

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