MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The overall crime rate in Montgomery is down, according to the city’s annual crime report.
Both violent and non-violent crimes saw a decrease in 2018. From 2017 to 2018, violent crimes such as homicide, felony sex cases, and robbery went down nearly two percent. Non-violent crimes like burglary and larceny fell around 2.5 percent.
Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley detailed the report during Mayor Todd Strange’s press briefing. Police attribute a lot of the crime reduction to the revitalized federal program Project Safe Neighborhood. MPD partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to take illegal firearms off the streets and prosecute those who are pulling the trigger.
Another program, Operation Triple Beam, also contributed to the decrease in crime. The program, led by the United States Marshal Service, targets criminal offenders who commit high profile crimes.
One crime, however, did increase in Montgomery: auto thefts. Chief Finley said many of those thefts are preventable.
“As far as being more preventive and having the communities understand the three or four points I am about to make to talk about prevention is to help us out with those auto thefts and car break-ins, the first thing is to secure your vehicles as often as you can. You gotta secure your vehicles,” Finley said.
Total crime has fallen nearly five percent overall since 2016. See the chart below for the chief’s monthly comparison for year to date: