Despite an increase in reported thefts, reported crime in Pine Bluff dropped 4.06 percent in October, compared to October 2017.


Eight of the nine Part One crime categories, those that are required to be reported to the FBI, showed declines, according to the monthly police department report.


There were 378 reported crimes last month, compared to 394 in October 2017. The drop is the third straight for reported crimes and the seventh in the first 10 months of this year.


Looking at specific categories, commercial burglaries decreased from 17 in October 2017 to four last month, while residential burglaries dropped from 51 to 42. Motor vehicle thefts declined from 24 to 19. The only property-related crime to show an increase was thefts, which went from 119 in October 2017 to 153 last month.


Looking at crimes against persons, two rapes or attempted rapes were reported last month, half as many as were reported in October 2017. Reported robberies dropped from 15 in October 2017 to seven last month, and aggravated assaults decreased from 38 in October 2017 to 29 last month. Simple assaults also went down with 122 reported last month compared to 126 in October 2017.


For only the second time this year, no murders were reported in October. The only other month that happened was February.


So far this year, 17 murders have been reported inside the Pine Bluff city limits compared to a total of 28 in 2017. Seven of those 28 happened in the final two months of the year.