Report shows June uptick in Pine Bluff crime, but numbers down other months
PINE BLUFF (KATV) —
The crime statistics are in for the city of Pine Bluff and the number of crimes reported increased by 10 percent in June compared to the same month last year.
While it could be seen as a significant increase, Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant said that's not the case.
"When you look and you hear that it's a 10 percent increase, when I first saw the numbers I was like, 'Dang, that's a huge number.' But we're talking about 37 crimes,” he said.
In June 2017 there were 365 crimes reported. There were 402 crimes reported in June this year.
Overall, the number of crimes reported this year from January to April decreased compared to the same period in 2017.
"When we look at violent crime, most people think about is [it's] driven by homicides,” Sergeant said. “If your homicides are up, there is a perception in the community that things are out of control. This year so far, in the month of June, we had two homicides in June, which brought us up to eight. And this time last year we were at 13."
The total number of homicides last year was 28.
The chief added that he's happy that the homicide trend is not continuing at the rate that it was last year.