Editorial: Diminishing Crime

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Crime is down across the board this year in Montgomery in all areas: violent crime, murder, rape, robbery, burglary, larceny, property crime, and motor vehicle theft.

The only area that has gone up is aggravated assault, and that is up by a slim margin.

Montgomery can make a strong case for being among the safest cities in the state.

Mobile reports twice as many violent crimes as Montgomery this year and Birmingham more than three times as many.  Even Huntsville, with 25,000 less people, reports nearly 200 more violent crimes than Montgomery.

Montgomery stacks up better than many cities of comparable size with less violent crime than Columbus and Savannah Georgia; Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana;  Chattanooga and Knoxville Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Richmond, Virginia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Modesto and San Bernardino, California; Ft. Lauderdale and Hialeah, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Reno, Nevada; Rochester, New York; Akron and Dayton Ohio; Fayetteville and Winston-Salem North Carolina; Amarillo, Lubbock and Laredo Texas; Salt Lake City Utah;  and Spokane and Tacoma Washington.

Hats off to the Montgomery Police Department for their efforts to keep all of us safe and to you for assisting in those efforts!

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