The above graphic compares crime statistics from January of last year and January of this year.
January crime statistics released by the Victoria Police Department show a spike in almost all areas, with motor vehicle theft and murder being the exceptions. Motor vehicle theft is down about 42 percent.
Aggravated assault and burglary show the biggest increase of 16.7 percent each. In 2013, there were 24 aggravated assaults in January. This year there were 28. There were 42 burglaries in January 2013, compared to the 49 this year.
"We continue to see our numbers spike in theft and burglary," Victoria Police chief J.J. Craig said. "With growth in the community we're going to see some increases in retail theft -- it's part of growing pains."
However, the most alarming increase was seen in rapes. There were nine rapes in January. According to statistics previously released, there were no rapes in January 2013.
Effective Jan. 1, the police department began to classify rapes under an updated definition of rape by the FBI. The FBI changed the definition in 2011 and gave reporting agencies two years to implement the change.
I sat down with Victoria Police chief J.J. Craig to find out how this change has effected rape statistics in Victoria. Check out my article in Mondays Advocate.
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