Meridian, Miss. New numbers from the FBI show that crime was down in the Queen City from 2011 to 2012, both violent crime and property crime. The number of violent crimes: murders, rapes, assaults and robberies, was down slightly, though still the second highest number in the state, following Jackson. But the number of property crimes, including burglaries, were down significantly.
The FBI report shows that crime actually peaked in 2011, and then saw a significant decline last year. The number of total crimes dropped in 20-12 to their lowest number since 2008, stopping four years of steady increases.
Not all crimes were down last year; there were ten homicides. up from 2 the year before. Rapes and robberies were also up. But assaults were down, as were burglaries. There were nearly 300 fewer burglaries inside the city limits in 2012 than there were in 2011. Total crimes were also lower in Meridian, by a significant margin, than comparable cities like Hattiesburg and Biloxi, though well above the number of crimes reported in Southaven, which is similar in size to the Queen City.
The FBI compiles these numbers every single year. They are self-reported from the different cities all over the nation, Some 18-thousand agencies in all. This year's report finds that Meridian bucked a nationwide trend this year. Crime was up across the United States by about two and a half percent.