Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. is pleased to announce that the crime statistics for the 12-year period of 2006 through 2017 have been finalized. According to the report, Hammond’s violent crime statistics (murder, rape, robbery and aggregated assault) have decreased by 19.8 percent from 2006 to the present. The violent crime of burglary had the largest drop during this period, dropping by 47.8%. Robberies also dropped dramatically across this period finishing down 27.8%
“Although any amount of crime is too much, I am encouraged that our violent crime numbers are trending in the right direction,” stated Mayor McDermott. “We will continue to equip our officers with the newest technological crime fighting tools that we can afford, such as “Hammond’s Blue Net” so that we can continue to battle the criminal element that tries to gain a foothold in our city.”
The crime statistics are derived from the numbers that the Hammond Police Department forwards annually to the United States Department of Justice Uniform Crime Report. After investigation, reports to the federal government may be upgraded, changed, or classified as unfounded. Once a case status is modified, the numbers are changed to reflect an increase, or decrease in that particular year’s crime statistics.
“I am proud of the work of Hammond’s Police Chief John Doughty, Deputy Chief of Police Andy Short, and all the men and women of the Hammond Police Department. It is because of their hard work and dedication towards our safety that Hammond is a safer place to live, work and play,” stated Mayor McDermott.