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Analyzing the crime rate increase in Dubuque

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A new article puts Dubuque among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to an increase in the violent crime rate. According to the financial news website 24/7 Wall Street, Dubuque has seen one of the largest increases in violent crime of any city.

It said the city has seen the 6th largest increase, a spike of 56 percent from the years 2011 to 2016.

Violent crime is listed as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery. It's based on FBI data. 

 We asked the Dubuque Police Department about the article. "We had a high year on 2015, it was high in shots fired, it was high in a couple of reportable crime categories, so it kind of validated what we already knew," said Lt. Joseph Messerich. 

The numbers show Dubuque had 155 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in the year 2011. It grew to 243 in 2016.

However, those numbers are still well below the national crime rate. The report states Dubuque is still one of the safest places in the country. 

The city has also seen a slight increase in property crime such as thefts, during those years.

Messerich said things have gotten better. "For most of our reported categories, crime has been on the decline, and two, the public perception and their safety are more important than any articles that are out there."

Owner of Luxurious Hair Spa, Shamika Rainer who has lived in Dubuque for 13 years, has first-hand experience. "I've had my house broken into, so basically stealing. I guess around town you can notice that that has probably been a problem."

But, Rainer said Dubuque still feels safe.

"It's still a nice safe community, I believe. With anything, you'll have crimes here and there, but I don't think it's out of hand, no."

You can view the 24/7 Wall Street analysis, here:

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