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Drop in serious crimes in Eau Claire in 2012

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - New numbers show a safer Eau Claire in terms of the total number of crimes reported.  Last year was the third safest on record in the past 30 years.

Eau Claire police investigated 2,300 crimes that come from one of eight categories, including    homicide, assault and theft.  That number is down more than 160 from 2011.

Police say robberies, burglaries, thefts and assaults all dropped last year, but there were four homicides, which is the highest number in more than a decade.  However, one of those was the shooting in the Culver's parking lot.  Eau Claire Police shot and killed a man who stole an SUV, led them on a high-speed chase and then tried to carjack a truck at gunpoint in the Culver's drive-thru.  The investigation showed the shooting was justified, but police said that case does get reported to the FBI as a homicide.

 

 

 

 

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Eau Claire (Press Release) - The Eau Claire Police Department has announced the 2012 crime statistics for the City of Eau Claire. These statistics have been compiled by the Eau Claire Police Department in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) standards which recognizes eight specific categories of "Part I" crimes: homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Historical data shows crime statistics for the City of Eau Claire continue on a downward trend. The 2012 crime statistics for the City of Eau Claire were the 3rd lowest when compared over the past 34 years, with the lowest annual crime statistics occurring in 2009. In fact, most of the lowest annual crime statistics over the past 34 years have occurred since 2005.

Crime prevention requires active participation in a unified partnership between the police department and the community as a whole. The Eau Claire Police Department continues to work hard building community-based relationships that carry out the mission of the Police Department. The Eau Claire Police Department mission statement reads:

 

"The mission of the Eau Claire Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in Eau Claire by partnering with the community to solve problems, reduce crime and disorder, safeguard individual rights, and improve public safety."

 

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