Jul 12

City of Peoria: Crime Rate Down in 2013

The crime rate in Peoria is lower than it was last year, according to data released from the City of Peoria.

Violent Crimes Mostly Decrease

Crimes between people – murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault – are down 15 percent.

As you can see, the only category in which crime increased was murder, from 10 to 16, or a 60-percent increase over 2012.

Violent crimes in Peoria reflect a the downward trend seen throughout Illinois.

Property Crimes Are Down, Too

Property crimes are down 12 percent, which include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

What This Means For You

The downward trend can be traced back to 2009, suggesting that Peoria is safer today than it’s been in several years.

News 25 reported that “many are giving credit to former Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard’s cornerstone program, the ‘Don’t Shoot’ campaign.”

As for martial arts students, or people who are looking to attend a martial arts school, don’t let any instructor fool you. Some martial arts instructors will use fear mongering to influence you to take their class, citing that “crime is getting worse and worse.” The more likely explanation is that crime is prevalent on the news, because as the old adage goes, “if it bleeds, it leads.”

(Also, it should be noted in that News 25 report that they say violent crime is down in Peoria. While true, overall crime is actually up 6 percent in Peoria this year as of May 2014 over the same period in previous years because of more thefts and arson incidents.)

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

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