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2019 Year End Crime Review Released

Post Date:02/17/2020 4:18 PM


Interim Chief Donny Williams presented the 2019 Year End Crime Review to members of the Wilmington City Council Monday, February 17.

Here are the highlights of his presentation: 

Violent Crime

Rape is down 31.1 percent. Robbery is down 11.4 percent.

While there was no change in the homicide rate between 2018 and 2019, violent crime as a whole decreased 6.1 percent. WPD also maintained a 78 percent clearance rate for homicides in 2018 and 2019 — 15 points higher than the national average.

Property Crime

Burglaries decreased by 21.9 percent while larcenies, motor vehicle theft and arson increased. Property crime as a whole decreased by 0.1 percent.

Shotspotter Alerts

The year saw a dramatic increase in Shotspotter Activations (400 in 2018 to 639 in 2019). 

Chief Williams and staff are working to discover the root cause of this increase and develop a strategy for addressing the problem in 2020. 

It’s important to note that 113 of those alerts were possible fireworks/firecrackers.

You'll find the full presentation linked here for your review. 

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