Report shows homicides up, overall crime down in Montgomery

Report shows homicides up, overall crime down in Montgomery
Homicides and aggravated assaults have gone up in number, according to 2019 Montgomery crime data. (Source: Eric Knox)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Overall crime and violent crime may have decreased since 2018, but homicides and aggravated assaults have gone up in number, according to 2019 Montgomery crime data.

The report shows total violent crime is down 4.81 percent from 2018, with 43 less occurrences in 2019. However, the number of homicides in the city from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31 is 31, up six from the same period in 2018. Likewise, there have been 11 more aggravated assaults in 2019 than in 2018.

For non-violent offenses, the report shows crime down by 2.15 percent, with only an increase in auto thefts by 88 occurrences. Burglary and theft are down 46 and 38, respectively, and theft from vehicles is down 128.

See the full crime report below:

Montgomery crime data for 2019 shows decrease in overall crime but increase in homicides.
Montgomery crime data for 2019 shows decrease in overall crime but increase in homicides. (Source: City of Montgomery)

CORRECTION: The original data provided by the city of Montgomery showed 142 more business robberies happened in 2019 than 2018, and other types of robberies, including personal, were down 170, with overall robberies down by 28. The city has since corrected the report to show there was no change in the number of business robberies and that other types of robberies were down by 28. WSFA 12 News has changed this article to reflect that correction.

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