The Wichita Police Department released its public safety statistics for 2008. Overall, major crimes were mostly down.
According to the numbers, efforts to curb gang violence in the city is a major factor for the decrease in crime.
There was a decrease in homicides, robbery, aggravated assaults, burglary and auto theft in 2008 compared to 2007.
Gang-involved homicides decreased from 23 to 15. Gang-related assault cases fell from 182 to 166.
"I'm encouraged by our efforts when it comes to gang suppression. I think that the organization and the community as a whole have really worked hard to manage the gang activity in this community," said Chief Norman Williams.
Additionally, Wichita Police's crime clearance rate in aggravated assaults, homicides and rapes is an average 30% better than the 2007 national average FBI statistics. Chief Williams credits a strong neighborhood watch program.
Overall, there were about 4,000 less total crimes committed in Wichita.
There were also fewer injury accidents on Wichita streets, although 2008 was a more deadly year on the road. Fatal traffic accidents increased 31% and there were 5 more motorcycle-related deaths in 2008.