Capital City's Violent Crime Report

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

Charleston just released it's crime report for the year.

Perhaps surprisingly, the police report shows violent crimes in the Capital City have continued to drop in the last few years.

If we compare the citywide crime numbers to two years ago in 2004 there were eleven murders in Charleston, last year there were three.

Rapes have stayed about the same, but robbery's and malicious woundings have dropped by more than 30 percent.

Chief Brent Webster says part of why there's less criminal activity is because of the departments emphasis on street level drug dealing and also he says, thanks to the user fee they're able to put more officers on the street.

Chief Webster said, "Best case, idealistically, we shoot down to zero not realistic so we really want to maintain what we're doing but at the same time got to be alert."

Chief Webster said they're always watching for any changing trends.

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