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Cheyenne’s midyear crime statistics show crime is down

Courtesy of Cheyenne Police Department, Facebook

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne Police Department statistics show that crime has decreased by 13% overall within the city this year.

This six-month analysis contains data collected between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2022, and was compared to statistics from the same period in 2021.

CPD’s data collection is compliant with the National Incident-Based Reporting System, as recommended by the FBI.

The data is derived from NIBRS “Group A Offenses,” which do not differentiate between
felonies and misdemeanors. The offenses are categorized as Crimes Against Property, Crimes
Against Persons and Crimes Against Society.

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You can find the full report by following the link here.

According to Cheyenne Police Department data compared across the noted period:

  • Crimes Against Property decreased by 18%
  • Crimes Against Persons decreased by 8%
  • Crimes Against Society increased by 7%
  • Overall crime is down 13% in the city of Cheyenne

Regarding Crimes Against Property, incidents of burglary and breaking and entering in the city have decreased from 208 incidents in 2021 to 108 incidents in 2022. The theft of motor vehicle parts, including catalytic converter theft, decreased by 48%. Motor vehicle theft decreased by 35%. Destruction of property, including vandalism, also decreased in 2022 by 26%. However, cases of fraud increased by 82%, going from 22 incidents in 2021 to 40 incidents in 2022.

Crimes Against Persons remained low, with violent crime rates decreasing. Aggravated assaults decreased by 38%, and intimidation and simple assault offenses also decreased. Homicides have decreased this year, with there being 0 in 2022 compared to 4 in 2021 in the same period.

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Meanwhile, Crimes Against Society increased, with drug and narcotic violations increasing by 9%. Weapon law violations, however, have decreased by 14%.

In a release from CPD, Chief Mark Francisco states that the decrease in crime comes from improvements in the criminal justice system following the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as proactive police strategy and a culture of public support for law enforcement.

“Public safety is a team effort, and we cannot achieve these improvements without the hard work
of partnering agencies, community stakeholders, elected officials, and our residents,” said Francisco. “There is still a significant portion of the year that remains, but I am proud of the tremendous police work that has been done thus far and am confident this positive progress will continue.”

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