Conway Police Department reported on Thursday that recent crime statistics reveal a decrease in violent crime for the first six months of 2012.
The numbers are down by 27 percent overall, compared to the same time period in 2011.
From January to June, murder rates were down 100 percent. The number of reported incidents of rape decreased 10 percent; robberies were down by 24 percent, and aggravated assault reports were down by 29 percent.
The city also saw an overall decrease in the property crimes category, with motor vehicle theft showing a slight increase.
Overall, property crimes were down by 19 percent from January to June. Burglary was down by 26 percent, followed by a decrease in reported theft by 19 percent. Motor vehicle theft went up by 2 percent and there was no change in the number of reported acts of arson.
“One factor in the decrease in crime rates is the department’s use of Crime Analysis, which readily identifies 'hot spots' in the city,” said CPD Chief AJ Gary. “With quick identification of these areas, officers can concentrate their efforts to those areas and make a positive impact.”
Gary said the department also credits the citizens of Conway for “quickly reporting suspicious activity” and working with police in their districts on solving problems.
Conway residents can join forces with police in fighting crime by reporting any suspicious activity and information to Conway police at 450-6120.
The department also offers an anonymous texting service, where tips can be reported by sending them to CRIMES (274637), using the keyword Conway.