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Phoenix PD: Violent crime up dramatically in first half of 2020

Phoenix Police Department
Posted at 11:51 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 15:29:26-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police Department says violent crime has risen dramatically in the first half of the year.

According to a statistics comparison published by the department Wednesday, officials looked at crime rates between January and June 2020, and the same time frame in 2019.

The data showed some promising results — with rapes, burglaries, and thefts dropping — but alarming news that homicides and aggravated assaults increased.

“Putting a definitive stamp on the cause of crime rising or falling is impossible to do, but it's clear the Covid-19 lockdown has changed the dynamics," said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune in a report on the department’s website. “Fewer people on the streets and more people at home seems to have impacted these numbers."

Here’s a simple breakdown of the findings:

  • 24 homicides tied to domestic violence in the first half of 2020, up 140% from 10 in the first half of 2019
  • Assaults are up 25 percent, with guns used in 42% of the cases
  • Burglary rates will be down 18% over last year if downward trend continues. Numbers have been declining since 2011

Read the full report here.