Blue Springs Chief of Police Wayne McCoy said the number of serious crimes committed in Blue Springs have decreased by 17 percent in the last year.

McCoy presented the 2013 Blue Springs Police Department Annual Report to the City Council Monday evening.

"There has been a long-term gradual decline in Type 1 crimes (or more serious crimes) in Blue Springs," he told the council.

Overall, the number of property crimes have decreased from 2009 to 2013 compared to the 10 to 12 years ago, McCoy said. Between 2009 and 2013, only 1,759 property crimes were reported compared to the 2,120 type of crimes reported 10 to 12 years ago.

However, violent crimes rose 15 percent in the past year in Blue Springs. McCoy explained this rise was partially due to the Uniformed Crime Report's change in the definition of a violent crime, and that it rising everywhere across the nation as a result.

Read more about the report later this week.