FBI stats: Lowest crime levels in Phoenix in over 20 years

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PHOENIX - The mayor of Phoenix says his city is one of the safest big cities in the nation and now he has Federal Bureau of Investigation numbers to prove it.

You can expect to hear about it at the airport over the loud speaker and read about it on documents like our water bills and the city's website.

The city says they want the world to know. Phoenix is portrayed as a city riddled with crime, home invasions, drop houses and kidnappings but police insist those are specific crimes targeting specific individuals.

New FBI statistics paint Phoenix as a much prettier city, one that has seen its lowest crime levels in more than 20 years.

Sgt. Trent Crump, of the Phoenix Police Department, tells 3TV, “It is absolutely wonderful news as an organization to have to go back 20, 25, 30 years to find numbers to compare to for when we were last at that crime level."

According to the FBI, violent crime is the lowest it has been in 20 years and murders the lowest in 20 years. Aggravated assaults statistics are the lowest they have been in 25 years and property crimes are the lowest in 25 years.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon says, “We're going to let everybody know what the facts are." Mayor Gordon says he plans to spread the numbers internationally.

Sgt. Crump says, “You are living and working and going to school in one of the safest major metropolitan cities in the country."

The numbers show the decline in crime actually started three years ago and is continuing to drop.

No one is sure exactly what is causing the decline but police say three years ago is when they started targeting high-crime areas and putting more officers in those spots.