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By the numbers: Detroit's 2013 violent crime statistics

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DETROIT (WJBK) -- Detroit Police Chief James Craig released the city's 2013 crime statistics Thursday, showing a reduction in homicides and non-fatal shootings.

Craig says there were 53 fewer criminal homicides in 2013 compared to 2012 for a reduction of 14%. In all, Craig says there were 102 less non-fatal shootings in 2013 compared to 2012.

We'll have more on this story tonight during FOX 2 News beginning at 5 p.m.

See the fully released numbers below:



  2013 2012
Total Death Investigations 388 461 414
Criminal Homicides 333 386 344
Justifiable Homicides 15 25 33
Suicides 35 39 32
Accidental 3 6 0
Natural Death 2 2 1
Occurred in another jurisdiction 0 3 2
Indeterminate 0 0 2
 2012  2011
 Non-Fatal Shootings                     

There were 53 less criminal homicides in 2013 compared to 2012 for a reduction of 14%.


YTD 2013

YTD 2012

YTD 2011

Non Fatal Shootings






There were 102 less non fatal shootings in 2013 compared to 2012 for a reduction of 8%.

Upon taking office on July 1, 2013, there were 153 homicides and 565 non fatal shootings.  This equated to an 8.4% decrease in homicides and a 4.1% increase in non fatal shootings.

Violent Offenses 2013 2012 Percentage Change
Aggravated Assault 8718 9399 -7.81%
Robbery 4723 4905 -3.85%
Sexual Assault 81 926 -14.18%
Carjacking 703 709 -0.85%
TOTAL 14252 15230 -7.0%

*Carjacking numbers are included in the total Robbery numbers.

Property Offenses 2013 2012 Percentage Change
Burglary 12935 15507 -19.87%
Stolen Vehicles 12341 13251 -7.37%
Larceny 17803 17375 +2.40%
TOTAL 43080 46133 -7.0%

Press release from Detroit Police Department:

In only six short months, this department has seen a decline in nearly every major crime category recorded.  This decline is a direct result of our teams' relentless drive to remove criminals from our streets and bring crime down in our city.  No longer will we stand idly by as criminals run rampant and the good citizens are held captive in their own homes.  Gone are the days that a citizen calls 911 and there is no response. Gone are the days that a citizen comes to a precinct only to find that the doors are locked.  We have taken an oath to protect our citizens and protect them is what we will do.

Under my leadership, this department is committed to utilizing innovative data driven strategies to continue to reduce violent crime in our city. 

The new vision for the DPD states: "The Detroit Police Department is a model of sustained policing excellence that places our neighborhoods and people first.

Last year, we set a "soft" goal of a 5% reduction in overall crime and the department was able to exceed that goal reducing overall crime by 7%.  For 2014, we want to set a "stretch" goal of a 10% reduction in overall crime.

Prior to my appointment to Chief of Police, the Department had a reported homicide clearance rate of 11%.  We conducted a thorough review of our processes relative to homicide case closures and were able to see the clearance rate increase to approximately 43%.  Due to the work and diligence of the new team put in place at Homicide, we ended 2013 with a 50% clearance rate.  We are not satisfied with that number and set our goal for 2014 to have a 70% clearance rate.

We will continue to conduct large scale operations on historically problematic locations and areas. 

We will continue to go where our data leads us and where our community needs us.
Our weekly COMPSTAT process will be the tool utilized to identify crime trends within our precincts and develop proactive policing approaches to abate those spikes in crime.  COMPSTAT holds the Department's Executive and Command staff directly accountable for addressing all issues related to crime and for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their areas of responsibility.

Next week we intend to release the department's PLAN OF ACTION.  The Plan of Action is a comprehensive document which will provide an overview of the issues that need to be addressed within the department.  Many of the issues, we have already begun to address, such as flattening the command ranks; reorganizing the department and reinstituting the Precinct Model, based on what will be called Neighborhood Police Stations, restructuring the Priority Calls for Service model, eliminating "Virtual Precincts", eliminating 12 hour shifts, and developing our current COMPSTAT process to name a few. 

New initiatives such as our Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO), Tactical Response Unit (TRU), Gang Intel Surveillance Transit Unit (GIST) illustrate our determination to utilize our resources in the most effective manner to both rebuild community trust by addressing quality of life issues and continuing to have entities which will address violent crime.   

In 2014, the department is focused on:

Hiring more police officers

Becoming 100% complaint with our DOJ Consent Judgments

Reducing our response time to approximately 5 minutes for Priority One Calls for Service

Opening new precinct building for the 5th, 7th and 8th Precinct

And most importantly, becoming the premier law enforcement agency that this city so rightful wants and deserves.

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