New numbers show drop in violent crimes in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After a record year for homicides, Lexington sees a decrease in violent crimes.

According to statistics recently released by the Lexington Police Department, violent crime in the city decreased by 13% in 2018, compared to 2017.

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The department says the number of homicides in the city dropped by 21%.

Statistics also show decreases in robberies (down by 21%), aggravated assaults (down by 11%), and shootings (down by 23%).

The department is crediting the decrease in violent crimes with the 2018 creation of the Fayette County Violent Crime Task Force, a joint effort to combat violent crime and drug trafficking in Lexington.

The task force was formed as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and coordinates with locally based prevention and reentry programs in an effort to achieve lasting reductions in crime.