KINGSTON, N.Y. — Reports of serious crime in the city were 4.8 percent higher in 2018 than the previous year, according to a report from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.
But the statistics show reports of violent crime dropped by by 4.1 percent during the same period.
Property crimes increased by 6.3 percent.
Despite last year’s increase, serious crime — defined by the FBI as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft — has decreased by nearly 18 percent in Kingston over the past five years.
“We continue to invest in our community policing model here in Kingston, and I feel that by implementing innovative initiatives like the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention program and our Special Investigations Unit, we have continued to work on reducing our overall crime rates,” Mayor Steve Noble said in a written statement. “As you can see by the statistics, just a few more crimes can swing the numbers.
“What we are focused on is making strides toward everyone in our community feeling safe, and I think we’ve made great progress over the last 10 years,” Noble said.
Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti said burglaries and vehicle thefts in 2018 were the primary drivers of the overall increase in serious crime.
“The property crimes have gone up slightly due to a rash of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts,” Tinti said. “… We continue to encourage residents to lock their doors. Car doors, too.”
There were 80 burglaries reported in Kingston in 2018, up from 53 in 2017, an increase of 51 percent. The statistics show there were 25 reports of stolen vehicles in 2018, up from just four in 2017.
There were 547 reports of total serious crime in 2018 compared to 522 the year prior.
Of the 547 serious crimes, 477 were property crimes, which are described as burglaries, larcenies and stolen motor vehicles. Of those 477, the vast majority, 372, were larcenies. There were 392 larcenies in 2017.
The number of serious crimes in the city has been heading generally downward for well over a decade. The last time the number topped 1,000 was 2005, when the total was 1,208.
There were 70 reports of violent crime in Kingston in 2018, down from 73 a year earlier.
Violent crime is described by the FBI as homicide, rape, robbery and assault. There were no homicides in Kingston in 2018. There was one in 2017.
Other Kingston crime statistics for 2018 include:
• 11 rapes, up from five in 2017.
• 12 robberies, down from 22.
• 47 aggravated assaults, up from 45.