Overall crime down; Murders up in City of Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM CDT

PEORIA, IL. -- Crime is down 11% in the city of Peoria, according to a city issued report. However, murders are on the rise.

The report outlines crimes against people and property through November of this year.

The crime stats show in 2013, there has been 14 murders. That four more than the same time frame in 2012, and just one less than 2011.

Reported criminal sexual assaults, robbery, and aggravated assaults are all down this year.

The category with the largest drop would be arson, which is down 34 percent from last year, with only 33 cases reported. This is the lowest amount of arson reports in the last five years.