Gun crimes spiked in Bloomington last year

Bloomington Illinois Police Department
Bloomington Illinois Police Department(Bloomington Police Department / 25News Now)
Published: May. 15, 2023 at 9:25 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25News Now) - Gun crimes spiked in Bloomington last year that the police chief said is the result of increased availability of guns nationwide.

Department’s data showed the number of shootings went up by roughly a third in 2022, from 31 to 42.

Police said there were 15 people shot last year, from 12 in 2021. Bloomington had five gun-related homicides last year, from three the year before.

Police confiscated two-thirds more firearms last year, from 53 to 81.

“Across the board, it appears that because of the availability of guns, they move within communities, they come from other states into communities,” Police Chief Jamal Simington told the city council Monday night.

“Where there’s a demand, there’s a source,” the chief said.

Simington believes the department’s community engagement strategy will encourage people to come forward with information to help solve crimes and take more guns off the streets.

“It’s concerning, but it’s one we will continue to give our full effort to control,” said Simington.

2022 Bloomington crime stats
2022 Bloomington crime stats(Bloomington Police Department)

The yearly data also showed a 29% drop in sex offenses, from 104 cases to 74, but a 114% spike in animal cruelty cases, from seven to 15.

There was an 11% rise in motor vehicle thefts, from 76 to 84.

Seven prostitution cases last year marked a 75% increase from 2021.