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New statistics show drop in local crime rates while statewide numbers increase slightly


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) recently released Crime in Alabama 2016 and its companion publications.

The report shows the total number of Part I crimes in Alabama increased by 2 percent from 2015 to 2016. These Part I crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

The total number of Part II crimes increased by 7 percent. Part II crimes include non-aggravated assault, fraud, vandalism, weapons, sex offenses (other), narcotics, traffic violations, and more.

According to the Crimes in Alabama 2016 report, Part I crimes decreased significantly from 2015 to 2016 in Talladega (16 percent decrease) and Childersburg (32 percent decrease). Part I crimes increased slightly in Sylacauga (6 percent increase).

Statewide 2016 Statistics

Property crimes accounted for the bulk of Part I crimes in Alabama in 2016, amounting to $257,279,623 in total property value.

Only 17 percent of that total property value was recovered.

Violent crimes accounted for 15 percent of the Part I crimes in Alabama, and the clearance rate for these violent crimes (39 percent) was significantly higher than that of property crimes (22 percent).

One positive note from the 2016 statistics was a decrease in the number of rape and burglary crimes in Alabama from 2015.

The number of robbery and larceny crimes remained about the same statewide, but crimes increased in the categories of assault (19 percent increase), motor vehicle theft (14 percent increase) and homicide (12 percent increase).

Local Crime Rates by County and City

In 2016, Part I crimes reported by county included 3,210 in Shelby County; 3,197 in Talladega County; 1,217 in Tallapoosa County; 225 in Coosa County; and 155 in Clay County.

Of the Part I crimes reported in Talladega County, 949 were reported from Talladega, 830 from Talladega County Sheriff, 781 from Sylacauga, 371 from Lincoln, 260 from Childersburg, and 6 from Munford.

The total number of 162,584 arrests reported in 2016 in the state included 925 arrests in Talladega, 906 in Alexander City, 800 in Sylacauga, and 325 in Childersburg.

The Talladega County Drug Task Force also reported 110 arrests in 2016.

Notably, Alexander City ranked 17th in the state for cities with the highest number of juvenile arrests with a total of 49. Sylacauga, Talladega, and Childersburg combined for only 8 juvenile arrests during the same time period.

More information on Crime in Alabama 2016

Secretary of Law Enforcement Hal Taylor said the 2016 publication is part of a yearly statistical analysis through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

Crime in Alabama 2016 is produced through partnership with municipal, county, university, state and drug task force agencies. The full document can be viewed on

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