Crime down for Jackson in 2018 but increases in Precinct Four by 14 percentBy ANTHONY WARREN,
While crime in the capital city dropped by 1.4 percent in 2018, crime on the Northside grew 14 percent, with increases in both violent and non-violent major crimes.
Last year, Precinct Four, which covers Northeast Jackson, Fondren and Belhaven, experienced a 15.3 percent increase in property crime and 6.8 percent in violent crimes, according to police reports.
However, there were some bright spots. The precinct reported double-digit decreases in house burglaries, carjackings, rapes and grand larcenies, and a slight decrease in armed robberies.
Meanwhile, the precinct experienced significant increases in auto burglaries, auto thefts, aggravated assaults and homicides.
In 2018, 771 auto burglaries were reported, up from 542 the year before, a roughly 42 percent increase. Cases of auto theft grew by nearly 51 percent, with 277 reported last year, compared to 184 the year before.
Auto thefts occur when vehicles are stolen, while auto burglaries occur when vehicles are broken into.
Also, among non-violent property crimes, business burglaries increased by 5.8 percent, going from 103 in 2017 to 109 last year, police reports indicate.
Cases of grand larceny, or thefts of property or funds valued at $1,000 or more, dropped by nearly 34 percent, going from 195 to 129 last year. Also, significantly fewer homes on the Northside were broken into, with 291 break-ins occurring last year, compared to 344 the year before.
Among violent crimes, the precinct reported a 68.8 percent decrease in carjackings, a 42.9 percent decrease in rapes and a 1.1 percent decrease in armed robberies.
Last year, five carjackings were reported on the Northside, down from 16 the previous year; 94 armed robberies were reported, one fewer than the year before; and 12 rapes were reported, nine fewer than the 21 that occurred in calendar year 2017.
Meanwhile, the number of homicides more than doubled to 13, up from five in 2017, while the number of aggravated assaults grew to 110, a 34 percent increase over 2017.
Across the city, crime fell by 1.4 percent. Numbers dropped because of double-digit reductions in carjackings, grand larcenies and rapes, and a slight reduction (2.5 percent) in house burglaries.
However, 2018 saw citywide increases in auto thefts, auto burglaries, business burglaries and homicides.
In all, 1061 vehicles were stolen across the capital city last year, up from 775 the year before, and 1,779 vehicles were broken in to, up from 1,623 in 2017. The number of homicides also jumped, with 81 reported last year compared to 64 in 2017.
Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman couldn’t be reached for comment.