Despite crime going up nationally, Hoover sees decrease - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL


Despite crime going up nationally, Hoover sees decrease

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FBI data shows that violent crimes are on the rise across the country.

However, one place locally where they seem to be on the decline is Hoover.

The city has seen roughly a six percent drop in overall crime from 2015 to 2016.

"The people who live in Hoover obviously care about the city and are really supportive of us.  But also, we have a lot of good people that work for us," said Lt. Keith Czeskleba.

One the biggest feathers in the department's cap is that robberies are down tremendously.  In fact, in 2016, the city saw the second lowest number of them since 2001.

"That's a violent crime.  It really affects somebody, and if you've ever been a victim of that you know exactly what I'm talking about," said Czeskleba.

Of the robberies that did happen, police were able to solve them and make arrests in 70 percent of the cases. That's a huge number especially when you consider the national average of only 30 percent.

"To be so far ahead of the national average is something that speaks volumes of the hard work that our people work to do every day," said Czeskleba.

The year 2016 obviously didn't start off the way anyone would have wanted with the murder of army veteran and father of two, Mike Gilotti. 

However, one thing that did happen, partially in response to that, was the city creating positions for 10 news officers. Czekleba believes that, too, has helped.

"If we're seen, if somebody is driving through town and they see a Hoover police car, then perhaps it will make them a little less likely to stop here to commit a crime,” he said. "I think a lot of this is because of the hard work that our people do. But it's also because of the community support that we receive here in Hoover."

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