Louisville’s murder rate continues to exceed last year’s record high, as the 67 criminal homicides in the jurisdiction of the Louisville Metro Police Department through July 17 is a 15.5 percent increase from the same period in 2016.
On Monday, LMPD released an updated list of criminal homicide victims, 22 percent of whom were under the age of 20 and 46 percent were 25 years old or younger. Of the 67 criminal homicides, 52 percent of those cases remain open.
There were 123 homicides in Jefferson County in 2016, which broke the previous record of 110 set 45 years earlier in 1971 and was double that of the total in 2014. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad has withstood intense criticism from Metro Council members since last year due to the increase in such violent crime, as well as his controversial decisions to reorganize the department and replace the majors in several divisions. Despite growing calls from council members for Conrad to resign, Mayor Greg Fischer has repeatedly stated that he has faith in Conrad, as well as his administration’s short-term and long-term plans to reduce violent crime.
On LMPD’s transparency website, the most current violent and property crime statistics are for January through May, showing property crime down 4.4 percent from that period in the previous year and violent crime down 3.5 percent from 2016. While homicides were up 10.6 percent at that time and aggravated assaults were up 2.7 percent, rapes were down 12.8 percent, now half the total from 2012. Robberies also were down 15 percent, nearly matching the total from 2014 after two years of increases.
LMPD has not updated the violent crime page on its website in many months, though the latest figures from January though April of this year show there were 140 shooting incidents — a 6 percent decrease from that period in 2016, but still 69 percent higher than in 2014 and well over double that of the 60 shooting incidents for that period in 2013.