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GRPD: Serious crimes decreased in 2015

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New numbers released by the Grand Rapids Police Department indicate an across-the-board decrease in most crimes, but an increase in some violent acts.

Data from the 2015 annual report shows an overall 9.5 percent decrease in Part I crimes from 2014.

Part I violent crimes, which include aggravated assault, rape and murder, increased by three percent overall from 2014. A similar increase was seen from 2013 to 2014.

Ten murders occurred in 2015, compared to six in 2014 and 17 in 2013.

Part I property crimes – which include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft – decreased by almost 25 percent since 2013.

FBI crime reporting standards sort more serious, or Part I, crimes into violent and property categories. Part II crimes as defined by the FBI include most other offenses. 

GRPD data reports across-the-board decreases in almost all Part II crimes compared to 2014. Cases of fraud, however, saw an increase about 14 percent. 

Overall, the department says it handled 64,358 service calls in 2015 and 10,897 arrests.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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