Data shows decrease in local crime, police say

The Victoria Police Department says crime rates decreased for the first three months of the year.

"This is an incredibly significant indicator that we're on the right path," said Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure.

For January through March, police statistics showed that, compared to the same three-month period in 2009, overall crime fell by 0.43 percent.

The statistics looked at various offenses including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft.

"This is the first time in several years that we've actually seen the numbers go into the negative," said Ure. "We're going to see rises and falls with our crime rate. Every community does."

He attributed the drop to neighborhood watches, community groups, good police work and the campaign, "Lock it. Take it. Hide it."

"The data is not symbolic in representing a trend. It's symbolic that our tactics and strategies are working," said Ure.