St. Louis police remain unable to compare year-over-year crime statistics and are focusing on month-to-month comparisons, department spokeswoman officer Michelle Woodling told the Post-Dispatch this month.
Homicides down from last year
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The one crime that can be easily compared is homicide, as it’s always the most serious offense tracked.
The homicide data so far this year shows killings spiked early in 2021 compared with previous years, but the city has seen fewer killings year-over-year since May.
So far in 2021, St. Louis has had 92 homicides compared with 99 this time last year. This year’s total is on pace with the average number of homicides the city has seen by the end of June for the last five years.
The numbers have improved compared with the first four months of the year. From January through April, St. Louis homicides were up 21% compared with the previous five years.
But from May through June 28, homicides were down 28% compared with the previous five-year average for those months.
Despite the crime totals published Monday, delays continue on two key goals for the department’s switch to NIBRS: A more permanent “public portal” for crime data and certification to submit the data to the Missouri Highway Patrol.