by Alyssa Williams
special to the View
Crime in the city of Buckeye has decreased by 21 percent in the past year despite a population increase of 20 percent over the last three years, officials said.
“It’s the strangest thing,” Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said. “Typically, you would think that an increase in population would increase our crime rate, but not in Buckeye’s case.”
The city has seen a 90 percent decrease in arson, from 10 in 2015 to one in 2016, which is the biggest decrease of overall crimes. Following that is homicide, which decreased 50 percent, from two in 2015 to one in 2016, data showed.
Hall said part of the reason for the decrease in crime is because of the effectiveness of a program called COMPSTAT, short for computer statistics. The program was created in the early ’90s by the chief of the New York Police Department.