Peoria's crime rate decreases in 2013, despite rise in murders

By Marshanna Hester

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria neighborhoods have become less violent over the last 12 months.

However, statistics show you likely won't survive if you're caught in the crossfire of gun violence.
Peoria police say the number of people murdered increased by 60 percent from 2012 to 2013.  Despite that huge spike, violent and property crime declined a total of 27 percent.
The gunfire detection system, Shotspotter, is increasing the number of shots fired calls.
In seven weeks, police found evidence of shooting at about 25 percent of those calls and arrested two people.
A renewed push to ramp up efforts of the Don't Shoot program may have led to 10 percent fewer people being shot last year, but numbers reveal more victims died compared to 2012.
In 2013, Peoria police investigated 13 shooting homicides.  Suspects have not been arrested in five of those cases.
The complete crime report has breakdown of each type of crime and how the numbers have changed. See it for yourself, here.

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