Mayoral Candidates Battle Over Omaha Crime Stats
Mayoral Candidates Battle Over Omaha Crime StatsPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Apr. 23, 2013
"We need a change of strategy, we need a change of leadership and it begins with a new mayor."
"It just doesn't match up, so where did she get this information?"
It's now a battle of statistics between Mayor Jim Suttle and his opponent, City Councilwoman Jean Stothert who, Monday, voiced her opinion on Omaha's crime rates.
Stothert said over the last four years Suttle has been in office, crime has increased.
"Crime statistics are up. violent crime is up 5%, property crime is up 5%. Murder is up 37%."
Stothert went on to say aggravated assault shot up 15% and auto theft 29%.
She says she compared the numbers from 2009 to 2012, and her information came from the Omaha Police Department website.
"But she took a piece here, and a piece here and did the mathematics. Where's everything in between?."
Mayor Suttle says his opponent didn't share all the facts.
"We need to talk about the whole picture, not a snip-pit here and a snip-pit there. What a dishonest, unethical way to approach, and she wants to be leader of the city? Is this what she's gonna be doing on subject after subject?."
The newest stats coming from OPD show this: since 2008 homicides have remained steady, with a decrease in '09 and 2010. Gun assaults, city wide have decreased. Gun violence overall has gone down and in the summer months a dramatic decrease since 2007.