Report: Crime in Eau Claire at 35-year low last year

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- New numbers show crime in the City of Eau Claire is at a 35-year low.

On Wednesday, the Eau Claire Police Department released its crime statistics for 2013. The stats recognize eight categories of crimes. They range from homicide, to robbery, to motor vehicle theft, and arson. Police say the City of Eau Claire saw a 13 percent reduction in those types of crimes from 2012 to 2013. The department attributes the lower rate to a number of factors, including a lower national crime trend and a focus on crime prevention and overall safety.

"Our officers get out to know the community better," said Officer Kyle Roder. "They deal with problems on the front end, and they look at underlying conditions and try to prevent problems from occurring."

Officers say that the community also plays a role in crime prevention by letting police know when they see or hear something that is out of place.

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