Mobile police release 2021 crime report, figures show rise in violence

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It has certainly been an active four months for the officers, and they hope it will not be as active as last year.

Mobile police have released their annual crime report from 2021 and, according to Chief Paul Prine, these figures show a “remarkable increase” in violent crime. Homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault were all on the rise.

Statistics dating back to 2011 give citizens an overview of the rise and fall of mobile crime over the past 10 years.

From the outset, Chief Prine wrote in the report, “It was evident that violent crime was trending upwards nationally in 2021. Mobile recorded a record 51 criminal homicides and an increase of more than 18% of violent crimes.

Last year’s 51 homicides sadly topped 2020’s 46, and that more than doubled the all-time low of 23 in 2015. Of those 51, mobile police said 44 were cleared.

Robberies compared to 2020 increased by almost 10% and mobile police reported 254 additional cases of aggravated assault.

However, there were some downward trends.

Mobile saw 253 fewer burglaries than in 2020 and 753 fewer robberies. Deadliest month of last year, July.

Chief Prine concluded in his speech, “We have a lot of work to do to reduce our violent crime rate…together, we are a Mobile.”

The report also states that overall urban crime has decreased by 6.6%, which can only be attributed to the decrease in thefts and burglaries.

To view the full report, click here.

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