By John Boyd
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
3:18 PM CDT, November 1, 2012
Wichita police release new crime stats for 2012. Of the seven categories they track, crime has decreased in five.
There were increases between 2011 and 2012 in two categories - rape and larceny.
Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says the number of rape cases his department handled this year is up around 12.4%. He says that number represents more of an increase in the number of rapes being reported. Chief Williams says there is no trend of rapes involving strangers, and that a great deal of the cases they deal with involve acquaintances.
He says there used to be a time when rapes weren't reported. The increase in the number of reports is a good sign and it allows police to victims with resources they may need to recover.
The other category the WPD saw an increase in is larceny. Larceny is up 15.9%
Chief Williams says his department crunched those numbers and found that one of the greatest increases is in the number of thefts from buildings. That means strangers are walking into office ares and walking out with purses, cell phones and other items. He says there was also an increase in the number of shoplifting cases throughout the city.
The chief says the city is working with local retail organizations and businesses to help them reduce the number of shoplifting cases.
The news isn't all bad, though - the other five crime categories are down in Wichita.
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