Violent crime down in Kansas but up in Wichita, report says

A car with apparent bullet holes in the front windshield was parked behind crime scene tape as Wichita detectives worked the scene of a fatal shooting in 2024.

The Wichita Eagle

Violent crime in Kansas decreased 3.7% in 2023 compared to 2022, but increased 3.8% in Wichita, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s crime index report released Wednesday.

Of the 13,294 violent crimes reported in the state, 4,537 occurred in Wichita, Kansas’ largest city. These crimes include offenses such as murder, rape and robbery.

Wichita police statistics show year-over-year crime through the end of April, the latest month of available data, is down in some categories but up significantly in homicides. There were 32 murders in 2022 compared to 39 in 2023.

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In 2023, the violent crime rate in Wichita was 11.5 per 1,000 people. In addition to these murders, the Wichita Police Department reported 290 rapes, 418 robberies, and 3,790 aggravated assaults/batteries. Rape was the only crime to decrease from 2022, when 304 cases were reported.

Property Crimes in Wichita vs. Kansas

Property crimes in Kansas, which include burglaries and vehicle thefts, rose 2.6% to 66,782, the first increase since 2017. Wichita saw a year-over-year increase of about 13% to 19,135 cases, the highest amount since 2020.

In Wichita, the property crime rate is 48.4 per 1,000 residents. There were 2,234 burglaries, 14,780 thefts and 2,121 motor vehicle thefts, an increase from the previous year.

KBI Changes Crime Data

The WPD asked the KBI to allow it to amend its 2022 crime data after an Eagle report revealed discrepancies between police-reported data and crime data available to the KBI and FBI for Wichita. The KBI and FBI get their crime data from the WPD.

This is the first time the KBI has amended its annual report, according to a KBI spokesperson.

Michael Stavola covers breaking news at the Wichita Eagle. He was a finalist for the prestigious Goldsmith Award for Investigative Journalism in 2022. He has also won several national, regional and state awards during his seven years working at Kansas newspapers. He completed his MBA at Wichita State University in spring 2020.