Major crime in Hattiesburg down 10 percent

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg saw a decrease in almost every major crime throughout 2009, and officials are hoping 2010 will be even better.

Hattiesburg Police Department released the annual crime statistics and the city had a 10 percent total decrease in reported crime since 2008.

Among the biggest declines: Arsons in 2009 were down 72 percent from a year ago – dropping from 18 to 5 – while robberies were down 46 percent – dropping from 122 to 66.

Mayor Johnny DuPree tells the Hattiesburg American that the decrease is something city residents can be proud of.

The number of homicides also decreased in 2009 – down from 7 in 2008 to 5.

The only major 2009 increase was commercial burglary – which increased from 126 in 2008 to 174 in 2009.