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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has released crime statistics for 2013.

The 2013 Uniform Crime Reporting statistics show a decrease in overall crime by 5.4 percent, despite numbers for homicides and forcible rapes are up over the previous year.

A news release issued by the department says violent crime dropped 10.3 percent, and property crimes dropped 4.2 percent, making 2013 the seventh straight year the city has achieved record low numbers.

STORY: 2012 SLMPD crime statistics

The statistics show 26,342 Part I Crimes were reported in 2013, which are 1,512 less than in 2012. The last time fewer crimes were reported in the City of St. Louis was 1966 when 25,798 were reported. Part I Crimes are homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies/thefts, vehicle thefts, and arson.

In 2013 there were 120 homicides, a 6.2 percent increase over the 113 reported in 2012. Despite the increase, this number is below the five-year average of 136 homicides.

With 333 forcible rapes reported last year, this was a 67.3 percent increase over the 199 reported the previous year. The increase is in part due to the revised definition of rape by the FBI within the UCR program. The new definition makes rape reporting more accurate.

STORY: 2011 SLMPD crime statistics

"Overall crime is down almost 50 percent since 2006. Our city is getting safer, our strategies are having an impact. Hot-spot policing has been implemented throughout the city, and it is no longer a theory or experimental technique, but the way we do business every day. While I am encouraged by our successes, I also know there is much more work to be done," said Chief Sam Dotson.

Here are the 2013 Part I Crimes:

Crimes against persons
Homicides: 120, +6.2%
Forcible rapes*: 333, +67.3%
Robberies: 1,458, -18%. This is the lowest number since 1953.
Aggravated assaults: 3,167, -11.3%. This is the lowest number since 1968.

Property crimes
Burglaries: 4,305, -13.7%. This is the lowest number since 1950.
Larcenies: 13,452, -0.5%
Vehicle thefts: 3,330, -4.6%. This is the lowest number since 1952.
Arsons: 177, -10.6%. This is the lowest number since arson was recognized in UCR in 1980.

*This increase is due in part to the FBI's revised definition of rape.

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