The City of Peoria saw a 60-percent increase in murders last year compared to 2012. Six more people were killed last year compared to the year before. But the latest numbers show a 15-percent drop in violent crime and a 12-percent decline in property crime.
There was also a 10-percent reduction in the number of people shot over the same time period, and aggravated discharge was down more than 40-percent. However, the number of reckless firearm discharge and felons in possession of a gun were both up about 10-percent. Those numbers include new Shot-Spotter technology the department started using in mid-November.