The crime rate in Danbury continues to drop, but the rate of car theft continues to rise as the numbers for the first four months of 2019 are released.

Good news for Danbury residence, once again this year crime in the city has dropped, but auto theft continues to rise.

According to police department statistic's, the crime rate in Danbury, which monitors crime in eight different categories, including murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson, was down 13 percent compared to the same time frame as last year. Meanwhile the auto theft rate rose almost 61 percent during the first four months of 2018.

Mayor Mark Boughton told why he thinks the car theft rate continues to climb:

This is part of a statewide issue having to do with juveniles and how they are treated. Under current law if you are a minor, you are not held accountable.

So far in 2019 the city has reported a total of 315 major crimes from January through the end of April, compared to 361 crimes for the same period in 2018. The statistics do not become official until the department reports them to the state at the end of the fiscal year.