Breaking down Anchorage's 2012 crimes, an annual Anchorage Police Department report says some were up but others were down, essentially a mixed report.
"The big three for us are homicides, sexual assaults and domestic violence assaults,” APD Chief Mark Mew said. “We spend a lot of time pouring over those numbers and watching those trends and doing whatever we can to bring those numbers down."
By the numbers, serious crime categories increased in 2012 when compared to 2011, which include murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault and theft. All of the information will be used as arsenal for police to help bring the stats down.
According to APD Chief Mew, the crimes stats are important to pay attention to, but the department also looks over years of trends to see what crimes are happening around the city.
"You don't usually make crime fighting decisions on these numbers, these numbers are too old,” APD Chief Mew said. “It’s something that's already happened a long time ago."
Part of that effort is a switch to a real-time data system that will help police use tactical analysis to fight every crime in every neighborhood. Officers say the tools will hopefully make citizens aware of the crime happening in their neighborhoods.
"I have heard people say, that well crime can't be that bad because I'm not seeing it in my neighborhood; well it's there, there maybe just not seeing it in frequency or maybe they haven't opened their eyes to it," said Gerard Asselin, who has been an APD officer for 16 years and is part of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association.
Using a mix of old and new numbers the idea is to give APD a clear picture of what's going on and where, so it can come up with effective strategies to curb criminal behavior.
"Our employees out there are feeling that response, feeling an increase in the work that is going on," said Asselin.
Not all of the report shows crime up. Domestic violence related reports went down by 77 cases. DUI's decreased by 306 reports and fraud cases went down by 14.
Mew says the new real-time tracking system which will be more accurate than what you see here, will also be available to the public in November.