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Crime was down in Waterloo in 2019, call volume up slightly

Crime was down in Waterloo in 2019, call volume up slightly

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WATERLOO – Overall crime in Waterloo was down in 2019, according to numbers released by the city’s police department Friday.

“Reductions in the crime rate are a citywide accomplishment. We would like to thank all of you who assisted us in our efforts. This includes our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, other city departments and employees, community service agencies, the Waterloo faith community, Waterloo advocate agencies and many others,” said Major Joe Leibold with the Waterloo Police Department.

The total number of index crimes -- murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft -- were at a five-year low at 1,859 in 2019, down from 2,728 in 2014.

Murder dropped from six cases -- with a total of seven deaths -- in 2019 to two last year. Micalla Rettinger, 25, was struck by a single bullet while driving on U.S. Highway 218 on April 28. Then on Nov. 23, 19-year-old Marquavion Deshawn Brown was sitting in a parked car on Madison Street when someone opened fire, killing him.

Both deaths remain unsolved.

Rape dropped from 18 in 2018 to 11 in 2019, and robbery fell from 57 holdups to 42.

Aggravated assault was up, with 252 reported in 2019 compared with 236 in 2018, according to the police department numbers. This was still considerably lower than 2014’s high of 443.

Burglary was also up, with 568 break-ins in 2019 from 540 the year before.

Larceny -- also called theft -- and auto theft also were down.

Waterloo police responded to slightly more calls in 2019, logging 50,542 compared with 50,203 the year before.

Five people died in automobile collisions in 2019, which was up from three deaths a year earlier. Accidents with injuries were also up.

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