TOPEKA (KSNT) – Despite news of shootings, stabbings and assaults in recent weeks, Topeka crime is down.
At their biannual Crime Strategy Meeting, the Topeka Police Department presented statistics showing a decrease in violent crime and property crime. The statistics look at January through June of 2013 and compare them to the same 6 month span in 2014.
From January to June of 2013 the overall number of city property crimes was 3,182. That number fell to 2,874 incidents in 2014. Property crimes include burglary, theft, and arson.
From January to June of 2013 the overall number of city violent crime incidents was 300. This dropped by four incidents to 296 in 2014. Violent crime includes murder, rape, and assault.
The Topeka Police Department credits department funding, the number of officers, and the community as the reason for the crime decrease.