Cedar Rapids Police Department releases 2021 crime statistics and analysis

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — The Cedar Rapids Police Department released its 2021 crime statistics and analysis on Wednesday.

“The increase and what has been classified as violent crime is concerning,” Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said.

He noted a sharp increase in violent crime such as assault with a weapon and domestic violence. Domestic violence has increased in Cedar Rapids by 40% over 2020. In 2021, 132 cases of domestic violence were reported to the CRPD, 94 in 2020.

Police Chief Jerman attributes this to community resources and community connections, which makes victims feel more comfortable when reporting.

“The fact that victims are more comfortable reporting it to the police and the programs we have in place. And the partnerships we have in place with service providers, I think and we believe, are helping to achieve that number,” Chief Wayne Jerman said.

But not all violent crime has increased. Murders fell from a record 11 in 2020 to 7 in 2021.

But the biggest decrease in the analysis is the decrease in thefts and burglaries.

“Thefts showed a strong decrease, as well as burglaries, residential burglaries showed a decrease and we want to see that direction continue,” Chief Jerman said.

In 2021, there were 61 thefts and 502 burglaries. In 2020, Cedar Rapids recorded 90 thefts and 828 burglaries.

Chief Jerman thinks changing work habits for more people during the pandemic could have deterred burglars, but is looking to community outreach to keep numbers low in the future.

“Build relationships with the police and people who are at risk of engaging in this type of conduct.”

The police department has also been aided by home security systems, such as Ring Cameras.

“Crimes whose perpetrators we can identify through CCTV and other similar means are attributed to our success rate.”

CRPD has a program where community members can register their home security devices. A link to register your device can be found here.

You can read the full 2021 crime statistics and analysis below:

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