Lexington Crime Rate Hits Three Decade Low

Mayor Jim Newberry announced Friday the combined rate of major crimes in Lexington - murders, rapes, robberies, arsons and thefts - is the lowest it has been in 33 years.

Even though Lexington's population increased dramatically since the 1970s, Mayor Newberry said the rate of major crimes is lower in 2007 than in 1974. The rate plummeted 8.4 percent in 2007 alone, he said.

Mayor Newberry said the decline is a direct result of hard work by Lexington's Division of Police and the criminal justice community.

Newberry said he included funds in last year's budget to hire 50 additional officers and will hire 50 more in each of the next two years.

The mayor said there are many cities of comparable size to Lexington that have many more police officers than Lexington.


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  • by Nathan Location: Frankfort on Jan 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    That is like what Jerry E. Abramson says about Louisville, Ky. Louisville is no longer a safe city and yet it is not the most dangerous as to Detroit, MI. These mayors say anything and everything as long as people come anyway to the city.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jan 29, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    I really don't believe the stats on this one. I was here i'74 and i can tell you it really was a much sfer place back then. This statistical variance doesn't take into account a migrant population that by all reports is very difficult to count. Additionally, many of the crimes associated with that segment of our community aren't reported or prosecuted. Remember when dealing wisatistics folks , theres lies, and damn lies. Violent crime is just one area.. what about non violent crime, dui's, burglaries, petty theft ?
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Ray Larson says the decline in crime is due to the fact that the crooks were kept in jail. Now there is a law being voted on to reduce the sentences and release drug users and substance abusers. Will the crooks be let out?
  • by I aint buying it Location: So stop selling it on Jan 27, 2008 at 05:14 AM
    Lexington needs fewer police officers, the mayor however needs more staff for his office. Hide the homeless, the 2010 games are coming!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    A special thanks to all Lexington Police Officers for risking your lives to keep us safe! Thanks!
  • by lexington Location: lexington on Jan 26, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    Great news for my hometown! I get so tired of hearing the backward people of East/SE KY bashing Lexington. I would imagine Lexington's crime rate is lower per capita than any county in EKY. I am proud to live in this beautiful, safe, strong economic city. Lexington is a great place to call home.
  • by jay Location: lexington. ky on Jan 26, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    If crime rate is so low, then why add 150 new police officers? Seems that employment should be reduced and taxes lowered.
  • by Alton Location: Lexington on Jan 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    I do not believe that crime of any sort has decreased in Lexington. Of course, I do not keep statistics but from general knowlege and having read the Lexington paper for thirty years, I would say there's been an increase. Thirty years ago, there was only one or two areas of the city that were known as dangerous. Now the areas that require caution cover the entire county.
  • by Carl Location: Lexington on Jan 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    I really ppreciate Maor Newberry's effort and those of LFUCG council. Howver, I think someone is cooking the books on the statistics they are feeding him.I would lke to see these year by year figures published for comparison. We have had almost daily bank robberies, robberies of all types, infants killed in a variety of ways, gang deaths, and drunk diving dath o the increase. Drnk driving deaths wil incerease now that alcohol is more readily available for more hours per day 7 days a week. Illegal immigrants will also contribuuste to more deaths in 2008 than in previo years simply because there are more of them here. Please take a close look at thess statistics and and give us your assessment of their accuracy. Thanks, Carl
  • by Lance Location: Lexington on Jan 25, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Are we failing to count falsified Social Security Numbers, Income Tax Evasion and Employers openly hiring Illegal Immigrants. Is it coincedence that the last murder of 2007 and the first murder of 2008 were illegal immigrants. I don't believe all is as rosy as the stataticians would have us believe. How about the influx of gangs. Drive around town and check out the grafitti. All is not well by a (edited) site. The first step in solving Lexingtons 40,000 strong illegal immigrant nightmare is to admit it's a problem.
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