The Paducah Police Department is proud to report that major crimes in Paducah have been steadily declining over the past 20 years, especially since the peak in 1992. Since the 1930s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been responsible for tracking crime in the United States through the Uniform Crime Report which is published annually. Crimes are sorted by categories, and the most serious offenses are referred to as Part I Crimes. They include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and assault and the property crimes of burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. For Paducah, crime fell in 2011, falling six percent overall from 2010. However, in 2012, Paducah experienced a 11.3 percent increase in major offenses with property crimes responsible for the increase. When looking at national averages, violent crime in Paducah is on par with the national average, and property crimes are slightly above average. Shopliftings account for many of the property crimes.
The Paducah Police Department averages more than 40,000 calls for service each year. In 2012, the department made 2517 adult arrests, compared to 2974 in 2011 and 2840 in 2010. The 2012 arrests resulted in 4200 criminal charges. Additionally, there were 258 juveniles charged criminally with a total of 337 charges. The department also served a total of 1077 arrest warrants, carrying a total of 1632 charges in 2012.
Part I Crimes
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for tracking crime in the United States through their Uniform Crime Report. As part of their report, the FBI considers eight types of crime to be Part I Crimes: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. Violent crimes are murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. In 2012, Paducah had 1376 Part I Offense reports leading to an 11.3% increase in reports. Breaking it into the two categories, Paducah saw a 1.0% decrease in violent Part I crimes while property crimes rose by 1.2%.
-Crime Comparison Report (Part 1 Crimes) 1990-2009-
-2010 Crime Statistics Summary-
Part II Crimes
Part II crimes increased slightly in Paducah by 1.8 percent in comparing 2012 to 2011. Part II crimes include the following types of crime: simple assaults, forgery and counterfeiting, fraud, criminal mischief, weapons offenses, sexual offenses (other than rape), drug abuse violations, liquor violations, offenses against family and children, and all other offenses not included in Part I crimes. The total number of Part II crime reports in Paducah for 2012 is 2802.
False Alarm Statistics
-2011-2012 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
-2010-2011 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
-2009-2010 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
-2008-2009 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
-2007-2008 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
-2006-2007 False Alarm Statistics and Comparison-
Monthly Crime Statistics
Each month, the Paducah Police Department compiles a report of crime statistics. Statistics include number of major crimes, adult arrests, juvenile arrests, traffic citations/charges, traffic accidents, parking tickets, and noise violations. The report also shows the percent change between years and year-to-date percent change. At the bottom of each monthly report, more information about major crimes is detailed. The crime classifications include murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. In the report, TBUT is the abbreviation for "Theft by Unlawful Taking."