Birmingham sees drop in crime

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police said the city has seen a double-digit decrease in crime within the past year.

Police Chief A.C. Roper, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said the number of homicides in the city of Birmingham in 2009 dropped 21 percent from the previous year. He credited the drop to "enhanced community support and the commitment of our dedicated employees."

Here are the numbers as reported by Birmingham Police to FOX6 News on Wednesday:

Homicide
2008 - 82
2009 - 65 (down 21%)

Rape
2008 - 212
2009 - 198 (down 7%)

Robbery
2008 - 1,499
2009 - 1,150 (down 23%)

Aggravated Assault
2008 - 1,456
2009 - 1,399 (down 4%)

Total Violent Crime
2008 - 3,249
2009 - 2,812 (down 13%)

Burglary
2008 - 5,153
2009 - 5,019 (down 3%)

Larceny Theft
2008 - 12,761
2009 - 11,546 (down 10%)

Vehicle Theft
2008 - 2,140
2009 - 1,594 (down 26%)

Total Property Crime
2008 - 20,054
2009 - 18,159 (down 9%)

Total All Part I Crimes
2008 - 23,303
2009 - 20,971 (down 10%)