WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Waterloo Police Department has released crime data from 2018, and say total crime remains about in line with what officers dealt with in 2017.
There were direct parallels in some categories, including murder investigations within the city — there were six each in 2017 and 2018 in Waterloo.
Overall, there were 206 fewer total offenses in 2018 (11,294) than there were in 2017 (11,500).
Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka released a statement on the statistics, which were released on Thursday:
“Waterloo’s 2018 crime rate has remained relatively stable from the crime rate experienced in 2017. There was a slight increase in the more serious offenses. This was driven by fraudulent activity, such as credit card fraud, and acts of violence amongst gang members. The increase was offset by a significant drop in less serious crimes such as non-violent family offenses and public intoxication. These latest statistics show that Waterloo’s overall crime rate continues to trend down.” – Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka