Major Crime is down. Now you might shake your head when we say that, and we did too when we saw the totals on the statistics sent to us today from the Police Department Joint Intelligence Joint Coordinating Center.
The figures show that major crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, and carnal knowledge went down between January to September of 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011.
There were 2093 major crimes reported in 2011 and 2070 reported for the same period in 2012.
But, taken in aggregate, the figures can be deceiving - because when we broke them down, we found that the number of more serious crimes went up.
There were two more murders, two more rapes, 55 more robberies and two more burglaries, but that is offset by 81 fewer cases of theft and 2 fewer cases of carnal knowledge.
And while that is concerning - even more distressing is that arrests for those crimes have gone down sharply: there have been 39 fewer arrests - and 12 fewer for murders - when murder figures have been going up! There are also 27 fewer arrests for cases of theft.
It is of note that the official figure of 104 murders at the end of September, differs from the media's figure, which has it at 105.