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Paducah Police Department Shares 2020 Crime Stats
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Paducah Police Department has released some crime statistics for 2020.

The Department says officers answered nearly 52,000 calls for service in 2020, completing 2,726 crime reports. That number is a 17 percent drop from 2019. Statewide, crime
reports fell by nine percent.

Paducah saw a 17 percent reduction in collisions within the city limits. The number dropped by 325, with the bulk of those reported in the area of Hinkleville Road and Interstate 24. The majority of collisions reported were “rearend” crashes, indicating a continued lack of attention on the part of drivers.

Major crime was down overall by 23 percent, with the decrease led by significant drops in robberies and thefts. The Paducah Police Department investigated three homicides in the city in 2020. Reported burglaries and vehicle thefts were up slightly, as were aggravated assaults. However, minor assaults, drug offenses and other lesser offenses (disorderly conduct, forgery, fraud, etc.) dropped, and shoplifting reports were down by nearly 50 percent.

“Crime statistics determined by Paducah’s population can be misleading,” said Chief of Police Brian Laird. “Although our population is approximately 25,000, we are home to two of the largest medical centers in western Kentucky and a regional destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.”

Laird said Paducah’s population swells to around 100,000 during the day, and often higher during festivals and special events.

“We realize that efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have affected our numbers this year,” Laird said. “Business closures and people staying home have caused our crime and collision numbers to drop. That is most evident in the drastic drop in shoplifting reports – from 507 in 2019 to 260 in 2020. Regardless, we hope to maintain these lower numbers through 2021. Our goal is to continue providing a safe environment for residents and visitors to enjoy all that Paducah has to offer.”

Published 10:59 AM, Friday Jan. 08, 2021
Updated 11:04 AM, Friday Jan. 08, 2021

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