Lansing police report felony arrests decreased during they year 2002, and overall crime in the city is down by 7.9 percent.
Police say community awareness will be essential for fighting crime this year. Though violent crimes have gone down more than six percent, robberies and burglaries are on the rise.
Lansing police say they may lose more than a dozen police personnel during the next few months, but they say most of those positions are administrative officers, rather than patrol officers, who help fight crime on the street. They say the cutback in officers should not affect crime in the city.
Authorities say crime in Lansing is at a 20 year low.
CRIME STATISTICS IN LANSING:
- Murder - 8 in 2001, 12 in 2002
- Rape/CSC 1&3 - 170 in 2001, 167 in 2002
- Robbery - 219 in 2001, 245 in 2002
- Burglary - 985 in 2001, 1,055 in 2002
- Larceny - 4,351 in 2001 3,835 in 2002