Crime in most categories is on the way down in Alton, so overall, it is a good news report, according to Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst. The overall rate for 2012 is down 43.8% from its peak 17 years ago. The crime rate is also down 17.7% over the past 4 years. The mayor says while the numbers are encouraging, there is still work to be done.
And that's why, he says, the city will rededicate itself to a partnership with the Madison County State's Attorney's and the U.S. Attorney's offices to continue to pursue violent crime.
Acting police Chief, Captain Scott Waldrup says in the mid 90's there was a more blatant drug culture in some Alton neighborhoods
U.S. Attorney Steve Wiggington says they have successfully prosecuted dozens of gun and drug cases from Alton.