The City of St. Louis released its annual crime statistics on Wednesday.
The numbers show a 12.4 percent decrease in so-called “Part One” crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts.
The total number of murders committed in 2012 was 113 (the same as the previous year)
2013 will also be the first year for a new definition of rape, which has been broadened to include victims of same-sex assault.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says the new definition will create a more accurate picture of sex crimes in our city.
Updated at 5:43 p.m. to include comments from Chief Isom and correction in data.
There's more good news on crime today in the St. Louis area.
1971: that was the last time the number of serious crimes was as low as it was in 2011 in St. Louis County, a report from the St. Louis County Police Department says.
Here are some of the statistics from the 2011 index crime report:
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