Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces the crime statistics for 2015 have recently been finalized. According to the report, Hammond’s overall crime has decreased 10% from 2014 to 2015. In fact, since 2010, the overall reported felony incidents have decreased approximately 30%. Felony crimes consist of: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. “Although crime is trending down, we will not rest on our laurels,” stated Mayor McDermott. “Any crime is too much.”
The crime statistics are 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 congratulate Chief John Doughty and the men and women of the Hammond Police Department for making Hammond a safer place to live, work and play,” stated Mayor McDermott.