The Cedar Rapids Police Department provides crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and also produces reports for Neighborhood Associations and the general public to learn more about criminal activity in our community.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has released its 2023 Crime Statistics report

     Cedar Rapids Police have completed their review and release of crime stats for calendar-year 2023.  Interim Police Chief Tom Jonker said the reports indicate 2023 was a year with notable improvements in several key areas. “Shots fired incidents are the lowest we’ve seen in the last five years.”  Six months in 2023 were the lowest in five years for shots fired and there were 11 months in 2023 that saw declining numbers compared to the five-year-average.  Jonker also noted efforts by the Group Violence Intervention initiative, the community-wide effort to reduce violent behavior with direct contact to those who are most likely to participate in violence, may be having the desired effect.

     Robbery and Burglary also saw significant declines in 2023.  Jonker pointed out there may be a connection to those reductions with a spike in shoplifting.  “Robbery and burglary may be down, but the increase in shoplifting may indicate a change in criminal behavior and we are working with local businesses to address issue.” 

     “Overall, Cedar Rapids is a safe city where families and businesses should feel secure and every member of the CPRD works each day to ensure it remains that way.  I’m proud of the efforts of this team and the results we produced in 2023.” 

(Shots fired includes incidents in which a person was injured, property was damaged, shell casings were found, surveillance video evidence or multiple witnesses corroborate.  The numbers do not include suicides or accidental discharges.)



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