West Palm crime down? Fact-checking Mayor Muoio

West Palm crime down? Fact-checking Mayor Muoio

On Sunday's "To The Point with Michael Williams," West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio says the city's crime rate is down, and few crimes happen in the downtown area.

Contact 5 Investigator Merris Badcock fact-checked those statements using crime-rate data provided by the FBI.

In the last 10 years, the overall crime rate has fallen in West Palm Beach. Muoio is right in saying crime has fallen about a quarter since 2007.

However, when you look at individual crimes (i.e murder, aggravated assault), that trend is not always true. For example, after dropping off for a short time, the rape crime rate is almost as high as it was 10 years ago.

The city's homicide rate also does not follow a downward trend. Instead, homicides are up one year and down the next.

Muoio also said most crimes happen outside of downtown. WPTV decided to take a look at the most serious crime: homicides. Using a map from our news partners at the Palm Beach Post, you can see most happen just north of downtown.

WPTV's Niels Heimeriks contributed to this report.

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