LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Crime statistics in Lafayette are looking pretty average so far in 2018. The is city down by 79 crimes compared to this time last year.
News 18 requested mid-year data for homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
So far, Lafayette police have taken 1,416 reports of those crimes this year.
The category with the lowest number was homicides. There have been two homicides so far this year.
The crime with the most reports was larceny. That's theft of someone else's property. Lafayette police have investigated 958 cases of larceny so far in 2018.
LPD Chief Patrick Flannelly said these numbers are helpful but people should take them with a grain of salt.
"Most crime or a lot of crime can tend to go unreported and sometimes we hear numbers even as high as 48-52 percent of crimes can go unreported," said Flannelly.
Flannelly said the Nextdoor program is proving to be successful in Lafayette. He can't be sure it's causing the decrease in crime numbers but he believes there's definitely a correlation.
"Crime is a community responsibility the police department is entrusted with enforcing the laws and doing our part to investigate crime but it takes all of us," said Flannelly.
Flannelly thinks we will see a day where the Nextdoor program can take credit for decreasing crime in Lafayette.
"I think we are maybe a year away from being able to see three successive years in a row," said Flannelly. "Again, that's why we are cautiously optimistic about this and a lot of things can influence that."
Right now, 27 percent of households in Lafayette participate in Nextdoor but LPD is aiming for 30 percent.
F"Because we know then, that's one in three houses that if something happens and we need to send some information out, one in three houses in every neighborhood are communicating with each other and talking about things that affect their quality of life," said Flannelly.
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