MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and other city leaders are touting new figures that show crime in the state's capital city at a 20 year low.
There were a lot of high profile crimes that made headlines in 2011 including the Oak Park shootings, the Island Lounge shootings and the shooting at an East Montgomery postal facility, but city leaders say overall, crime statistics show a record low in criminal activity for the 2011 calendar year.
The statistics include burglary, homicide, thefts and many other criminal acts. It's important to note that while there is a downward trend in most areas, one area saw an increase: Criminal homicides.
Last year there were 31 homicides in Montgomery, and Mayor Strange said there is a lot of work to be done to decrease that rate in 2012. Arrests have been made in 71 percent of the cases (22 of 31).
In comparison, Birmingham had 55 homicides with arrests in 38 percent of those cases. Mobile had 37 homicides with only 21 percent resulting in arrests so far.