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2020 Sioux City crime statistics: Violent crimes up 26%, property crimes down 15% – KTIV

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The Sioux City Police Department has released their preliminary 2020 crime numbers, and they show that though overall property crimes have gone down, violent crimes have risen.

According to the SCPD’s numbers, between 2019 and 2020, violent crimes increased by 26%. Those crimes include murder, robbery and aggravated assault.

In 2020, the number of murders and manslaughter incidents rose 200%. In total, six murders or manslaughters were reported in 2020, that’s up from two in 2019.

Also up were robberies with a 32% increase and aggravated assaults with a 30% increase.

“Unfortunately, violent crime generally cannot be predicted, and police patrol tactics and strategies only have a limited impact on crime rates,” said Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller in an official statement. “Factors such as economic conditions, age and demographics of the population, geography and climate, population density, citizen education, and cultural factors provide variables that more significantly affect crime.”

But not all crime is up, the statistical report shows property crime has dropped 15% overall. These crimes include larceny, motor vehicle theft, burglary and arson.

With burglaries and larcenies, both are down 24% and 16% respectively.

Overall, Sioux City police say total crimes are down 10%.

“Looking at our historical property crime statistics, there is nothing overly concerning. Local property crime trends tend to have ebbs and flows over the years,” said Chief Mueller. “With property crime down 15% we can simply view this as a reasonably steady crime rate. While any downward trends in crime rates are positive, changes of this rate are likely beyond the ability of our department to impact.”

Chief Mueller says their department will continue to deploy the latest crime reduction strategies to make a positive impact in the area.

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 (preliminary numbers) Percentage of change from 2019 to 2020
Violent Crime Total 365 3601 341 366 461 Up 26%
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 2 5 2 6 Up 200%
Forcible Rape 40 56 38 50 46 Down 8%
Robbery 59 71 63 57 75 Up 32%
Aggravated Assault 265 231 235 257 334 Up 30%
Property Crime Total 3,260 3,577 3,074 3,203 2,736 Down 15%
Burglary 592 612 781 645 489 Down 24%
Larceny/Theft 2,365 2,660 2,025 2,310 1,984 Down 16%
Motor Vehicle Theft 292 298 246 248 284 Up 15%
Arson 13 16 22 15 15 0% Change
Total Crimes 3,625 3,937 3,415 3,569 3,197 Down 10%

The above statistics were compiled by the SCPD’s lead crime analyst. These stats include the preliminary numbers for 2020 and might be reinterpreted by the FBI when assembling their nationwide uniform crime report.

This reclassification of data is done by the FBI because not all states classify crimes in the same manner.

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