- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock’s crime rate has dropped but is still higher than a number of cities of similar size.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Monday (https://bit.ly/25UT21i) that there were 7.9 criminal incidents per 100 residents last year. The newspaper said the crime rate is the lowest it has been in Arkansas’ capital city since 1979.

There were 15,699 crimes last year in the city, down 4.7 percent from the previous year. Homicides fell from 44 to 31. Mayor Mark Stodola told the newspaper that, when he was prosecutor in 1993, his office handled about 27,000 incidents.

Little Rock’s crime rate is still higher than Akron, Ohio; Amarillo, Texas; Columbus, Georgia; and Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner said he considers that, overall, Little Rock is a safe city.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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