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

According to a spokesperson for the department, index crimes in unincorporated St. Louis County and municipalities serviced by county officers are down 7.4 percent in 2013 over 2012. This is also the fifth consecutive year in which crime dropped, and the lowest amount of crime reported since 1969.

The following types of crime were down in 2013:
Arson by 26.5%
Motor vehicle theft by 25.2%
Larceny by 8.4%
Robbery by 6%
Burglaries by 3.2%
Aggravated assault by 1.2%

"I am very proud of our patrol officers, detectives and support personnel because this decrease emphasizes their continued dedication and commitment to the community. It is a great accomplishment to have a reduction in crime reported from the previous year, and to have a lower number for our fifth year in a row is an even greater accomplishment. Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to ensure the safety of everyone within St. Louis County," said Chief Timothy Fitch.

Police say only eight homicides were reported last year in unincorporated areas of the county and municipalities serviced by county officers. This is the same number of homicides reported the previous year.

The number of rapes reported increased by 126 percent, which is in part due to the revised definition of rape, which allows for more accurate reporting.

Last week, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released 2013 crime statistics for the city. They also reported an uptick in rapes due to the new Uniform Crime Reporting protocol.