Police

The Cedar Rapids Police Department provides crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and also produces reports for Neighborhood Associations and the general public to learn more about criminal activity in our community.

Here are the latest crime activity reports:

System Link to FBI web site comparing Cedar Rapids to other communities in the United States:

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Uniform Crime Reports

Cedar Rapids Crime Report Activity Comparison:

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has completed a preliminary analysis of crime statistics for calendar year 2019.  

Please find links below to two documents that provide statistics for the year.  The first document is entitled “Crime Reports 2019.”  On the first page of this document, Violent Crime and Property Crime statistics submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) are detailed.  The UCR provides state and national statistics about crimes. 

Since 2013, violent crime in Cedar Rapids is down 5.6 percent.  There were 392 violent crimes in 2013 (Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Sex Offenses, Forcible Rapes, Robberies, and Aggravated Assaults) compared to 370 violent crimes in 2019.

The remaining four pages of the “Crime Reports 2019” document include detailed information about violent and property crimes and include crimes against persons, crimes against property, crimes against community peace, drug-related crimes, alcohol-related crimes, weapons crimes, and all other crimes. 

Comparing the average number of violent crimes over the past 5 years, violent crime increased by 2.49 percent in 2019.  While robberies were down over 23 percent compared to the 5-year average, aggravated assaults increased over 17 percent and brought the overall violent crime incidents higher. 

Domestic abuse incidents were the primary factor in the increase in aggravated assaults.  There was a nearly 25 percent increase in domestic abuse aggravated assaults in 2019 compared to the past 5 calendar years average.

The other document the Police Department is providing is “Critical Incidents,” or shots fired incidents.  Comparing 2019 to 2018, there were 18 fewer shots fired incidents (99 incidents in 2019 compared to 117 in 2018).  Shots fired includes incidents in which a person was injured, property was damaged, shell casings were found, surveillance video evidence or multiple witnesses corroborate.  The numbers do not include suicides or accidental discharges.

Of all the shots fired incidents, there were 9 incidents (9.1 percent) where suspects were arrested for gun-related charges.  The majority of shots fired incidents involve property damage or shell casings found, and no personal injury.  Nevertheless, these incidents are taken seriously and one of the reasons that the Police Department’s Gun Reduction Initiative is critical.  Patrol officers and Police Community Action Team members seized 96 illegally possessed firearms from individuals in 2019.  In total, the Police Department took 175 guns, with 140 of those guns taken in criminal incidents.  Further, it is important to note that the solvability of shots fired cases is often predicated by the cooperation of witnesses.

2019 Crime Statistics Analysis

Crime Reports 2019

Critical Incidents - Shots Fired


2020 Crime Statistics

Year-to-Date Crime Statistics through September 30, 2020

Critical Incidents - Shots Fired  (Shots fired includes incidents in which a person was injured, property was damaged, shell casings were found, surveillance video evidence or multiple witnesses corroborate.  The numbers do not include suicides or accidental discharges.)


 

 

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