Reported crime in seven of 12 categories decreased in 2014 compared to 2013, Bibb County statistics released Wednesday showed.
There was one fewer slaying across the county in 2014 than there was in 2013, according to the 2014 Uniform Crime Reporting figures. Homicide rates countywide are at an eight-year low, the sheriff’s office reported.
There also were seven fewer reported rapes, 26 fewer commercial robberies and burglaries, and 27 fewer auto thefts last year than in 2013.
Last year was the first year of consolidated law enforcement in the county after the Macon Police Department and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office combined.
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All told, there were 72 more personal robberies and shoplifting cases in 2014 than 2013, and there were 32 more aggravated assault cases year over year. There were 151 more entering auto cases and nine more arsons. The arsons were mostly vacant structures, vehicles and trash dumpsters, the department said.
Reported aggravated assaults resulted from shootings, knife fights, fist fights and beatings from bats or other items, the department noted, and many personal robberies stemmed from drug activity or people in areas late at night where drugs were bought or sold.
As for totals, there were 206 more reported crimes -- 10,486 -- during 2014 than in 2013, when there were 10,280.
The Uniform Crime Reporting program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing and archiving those crime statistics.
Here’s a look at the year-to-year Bibb comparisons, with the 2013 crime totals first, followed by the 2014 figures. The 2013 totals include figures for both the Macon Police Department and Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Homicide: 17; 16
Rape: 63; 56
Robbery/commercial: 76; 50
Robbery/personal: 215; 287
Aggravated assault: 365; 397
Burglary/commercial: 406; 380
Burglary/home: 2,123; 2,099
Entering autos: 1,211; 1,362;
Shoplifting: 1,553; 1,625
Thefts only: 3,482; 3,463
Auto theft: 711; 684
Arson: 58; 67
Totals: 10,280; 10,486