Hammond Shows Nearly 20% Drop in Violent Crime Over 12 Years

“Although any amount of crime is too much, I am encouraged that our violent crime numbers are trending in the right direction,” stated Mayor McDermott.

January 3, 2018-Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott announced that the City’s violent crime rate has dropped 19.8% from 2006 to the present. “The violent crime of burglary had the largest drop during this period, dropping by 47.8%. Robberies also dropped dramatically across this period finishing down 27.8%” according to the report.

“Although any amount of crime is too much, I am encouraged that our violent crime numbers are trending in the right direction,” stated Mayor McDermott. “We will continue to equip our officers with the newest technological crime fighting tools that we can afford, such as “Hammond’s Blue Net” so that we can continue to battle
the criminal element that tries to gain a foothold in our city.”

The crime statistics are derived from the numbers that the Hammond Police Department forwards annually to the United States Department of Justice Uniform Crime Report. After investigation, reports to the federal government may be upgraded, changed, or classified as unfounded. Once a case status is modified, the numbers are changed to
reflect an increase, or decrease in that particular year’s crime statistics.

“I am proud of the work of Hammond’s Police Chief John Doughty, Deputy Chief of Police Andy Short, and all the men and women of the Hammond Police Department. It is because of their hard work and dedication towards our safety that Hammond is a safer place to live, work and play,” stated Mayor McDermott.

1 Comment

  1. I’m curious that there is no byline to this story. Did I overlook it? Is some crime “overlooked” when parties have reasons to not make a police report? How does disinvestment and a population exodus affect these statistics? Given that reduced crime is a national trend, are we improving better than any random community?

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