This is good news: The Richland Police Department is reporting that violent crime and property crime rates are both down nearly 40% so far in 2023.
The department shared the news in a recent Facebook post, along with the graphic you see below. The chart compares crime rates in a number of categories for the first half of 2023 and the first half of 2022. The number of robberies in the city are higher by two (2), and the number of homicides is the same this year as last. But every other category is showing drops — most in double digits.
Overall, the PD says violent crimes are down 36.6% and property crimes are down 39.2%.
Here’s what the department said on Facebook:
For the first half of 2023, both violent crime and property crime are down nearly 40% in comparison with the same timeframe last year! Sometimes It can be difficult to understand crime trends until you take a closer look at the data. We believe these results have occurred for several reasons, including the hard work of our patrol officers, Street Crimes Unit detectives, and our Investigations Division striving to keep our community safe.
Haven’t seen similar data from the other cities, but we’ll keep an eye out for it.