(WTNH) – New statistics were released on Thursday providing a look at annual trends across Connecticut’s criminal justice system.

“The good news is we’re doing better than most,” said Mike Lawlor, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven. “The bad news is we still have a long way to go.”

The report showed that violent crime and property crime is down, but the number of people behind bars is up. Reported violent crime fell 9% over the past year with the biggest reductions being aggravated assaults and robberies.

The homicide rate rose slightly in 2021. Connecticut’s estimated violent crime rate was less than half the estimated national rate and property crime was down 2%.

“It has fallen at a fairly steady rate than the U.S. rate,” said Mark Pelka, undersecretary for the Office of Policy and Management. “Burglary, as I mentioned, is one of the largest components of the property crime rate.”

Despite a drop in crime, the Department of Correction admissions is up 41% in just one year, but are still well below pre-pandemic totals. Statewide, arrests fell 25% from five years ago.

Auto thefts were down, as well.

“Part of the reason for that is the message conveyed by police chiefs is coming through loudly and clearly,” Lawlor said. “You really need to lock your car and take your key fob with you.”

New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson said he’s not surprised with the numbers, but that the department is now able to use more resources to prevent crime.

“It’s only a very small number of people that commit violent crime, so if you’re getting the right people off the streets, or you’re communicating with the right people that could potentially be shot or shoot somebody, you’re going to reduce your violent crime,” he said.