Muscatine Police stats show reported violent crime has dropped over the past 10 years | Local

DAVID HOTEL

MUSCATINE — Between 2018 and 2020, homicides declined in Muscatine with only one reported in 2018, but the number of violent crimes investigated by the Muscatine Police Department remained about the same.

During a presentation to Muscatine City Council on Thursday, Muscatine Police Lt. David O’Connor said that in 2020, the last year in total for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting, Theft and rape had increased, with 24 rapes reported after 21 reports in 2019 and 7 in 2018. The report also showed 9 robberies in 2020, up from 5 in 2019 and 2 in 2018. The city averages about 62 violent crimes per year .

But comparing two four-year periods, Muscatine showed a sharp drop in the number of reported violent crimes. According to statistics, the number of violent crimes compared to 2011 has dropped by 24%. An O’Connor bar chart showed a significant drop between 2017 and 2018.

“The reason for this decline is unknown, but I would like to think the reason is some of the community policing efforts that we have as a department, and some of our specialist units that are able to focus on types of specific crime as opposed to just a regular patrol.

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O’Connor compared Muscatine to areas with a similar population, he said the number of violent crimes was “in the middle”.

He also talked about community policing programs, including bike patrol, coffee with a cop, park and rides, street crime unit and school liaison officers. O’Connor said that in the 1990s Muscatine had a gang problem and two drive-by shootings a week were not uncommon. He said the street crimes unit was formed to respond to this.

The next coffee with a cop will be on Monday in the courtyard of the Merrill Hotel.