SOUTHERN INDIANA — Crime statistics in Clark and Floyd counties between 2014 and 2016 show a trend in a drop in crime across the board, although several categories have risen depending on type of crime and municipality, according to the News and Tribune's Snapshot publication, which comes out Thursday. Some crimes show similarities across counties while others have stark differences.
Violent crimes, including murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forced rape, robbery and aggravated assault have dropped overall in Clarksville, Jeffersonville and New Albany.
Clarksville crime statistics dropped from 2014 to 2016 in all categories except auto theft, which rose to 123 in 2016 from 46 reported in 2014. Jeffersonville's numbers dropped in murder and negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft and rose slightly in robbery and auto theft. Sellersburg numbers rose in aggravated assault and dropped in every other category except forced rape, which was one in 2014 and 2016 and four in 2015. New Albany numbers declined in each category between 2014 and 2016 except murder; there was one reported each of the three years.
In county police incidents, the Clark County Sheriff's Office showed 137 aggravated assaults in 2014 before hiking to 261 in 2015 and dropping sharply to 90 in 2016. Robberies declined from 13 in 2014 to none in 2016. Aggravated assaults reported to the Floyd County Sheriff's Department went from 25 in 2014 before dipping to 11 in 2015 and evening out to 22 in 2016. Robberies rose from none in 2014 to seven in 2016.
In violent crimes, there have been eight murders and non-negligent instances of manslaughter in three years between the two counties (four in each county). However, there have been 20 instances of forced rape in Floyd County and 72 cases in Clark over the reporting period.