MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile Police Department has released the 2018 Annual Crime Report.
News 5 has been asking for this report since January. The department pushed back its expected release date several times. Meanwhile, other local cities like Robertsdale and Bay Minette released their reports back in February.
However, Mobile is a much larger city and has much more crime. We were intially told the report would be released by the end of March. Then on Monday or Tuesday of this week at the latest.
By Wednesday we hadn’t received it. So, we asked Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste when we would be able to view the report. He said by the end of the week.
We asked Friday morning and were told it would be published by the end of the day. Friday afternoon around 4:30, we received confirmation it was online.
News 5 headed out Friday to speak to residents. We went to one Midtown neighborhood just off Government Street. Many of the residents didn’t want to go on camera and if they agreed to, they didn’t want their faces shown, just their voices recorded.
“Sometimes you hear shotguns, gunshots,” one woman living on Crenshaw Street tells us.
She lives right near a grassy area which is the spot of a 2018 homicide– still unsolved.“I was babysitting my grandbaby and I heard this cracking sound. I got up and I came to the door and I saw a flame which was popping so I called the police.”
We told residents how we’ve been asking for the 2018 report for months. “It’s just embarrassing because that’s something everybody needs to know and they shouldn’t be held. crime goes on all the time so you need to know what’s going on in your neighborhood,” a Crenshaw Street resident tells us.
The report shows homicides are down from 50 in 2017 to 28 in 2018. Robbery is down from 440 in 2017 to 378 in 2018. Aggravated assault is also down from 1329 in 2017 to 1162 in 2018. Larceny is down as well from 9564 in 2017 to 8633 in 2018.
However, rape numbers are up from 141 in 2017 to 168 in 2018.
To view the entire report, click this link.