The Arkansas City Police Department says there has been a sizable drop in the 2015 crime statistics. The numbers bring Ark City into a tie with Winfield in the overall crime index… coming in even lower than its sister city in the property crime index. Arkansas City’s overall crime index dropped from 44.3 to 38.2 in 2015. At the same time, the state average increased from 34.6 to 36.5. This means that Arkansas City has an overall crime index that is about average for the entire state of Kansas. Winfield’s crime index increased from 30.6 to 38.2, meaning Ark City and Winfield have the same crime index for the first time in recent memory. In 2012, Winfield was 10 points lower on that same index. Meanwhile, Arkansas City’s property crime rate dropped from 39.2 to 33.5, while Winfield increased from 33.7 to 36.8, meaning Arkansas City now has a lower property crime rate than Winfield. Theft cases in Arkansas City have fallen from a high of 383 in 2012 to 296 in 2015, a 22-percent decrease. Burglary cases have fallen from a high of 128 in 2012 to 88 in 2015, a decrease of 31 percent.
Source: VNC News

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