Violent and property crimes, which reached a high point in 2006, have stabilized over the past four years. Since reaching this peak in 2006, the city’s crime rate has experienced an overall reduction of 17.7%. Much like the rest of the country, the City of Huntington is now facing the resurgence of an old threat, which is the influx of heroin into our community. This influx has placed a strain on the resources of many agencies, including the Huntington Police Department. Increases in crime over the past year are directly related to the heroin epidemic hitting our region. This has caused an increase of 4.8% in the overall crime rate in Huntington with a majority of this increase being due to the increase in property crimes.
Despite the overall increase in crime, violent offenses are still down 23.2% compared to the number of violent offenses reported in 2006. This includes a 32.4% reduction in robbery, a 13.1% reduction in aggravated assaults, and a 23.9% reduction in forcible rape. Property offenses experienced an overall decline of 13% since 2006. This decline includes a reduction in burglaries by 15.1%, vehicle break-ins by 12.5%, general larceny by13.2%, and motor vehicle thefts by 48.3%.
All levels of government have continued to prove their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the City of Huntington. With the continued support of local, state, and federal authorities, the Huntington Police Department will strive to continue to work hand in hand with community groups and the residents of Huntington to reduce crime within our city limits. In 2014, we look forward to continuing these partnerships and collaborations to provide the best law enforcement services available.