The Winnipeg Police Service says crime was down in 2011, but they predict a national report due out Tuesday will still paint a bleak picture of the city.

The 2011 police report shows crime, overall, dropped by 14 per cent last year in Winnipeg.

Violent crime, meanwhile, decreased by eight per cent while property offences decreased by 18 per cent, states the report.

"I think we're moving in the right direction," said Winnipeg Police Chief Keith McCaskill.

He said, however, he expects a Statistics Canada review on crime numbers to be released Tuesday will show Winnipeg is still at the top of the list when it comes to the number of violent crimes being committed per capita in Canada.

McCaskill says he knows there is more work to be done by police, social agencies and communities to help curb crime.

Winnipeg set a record for homicides in 2011 with 39, but the chief points out that number is actually higher at 41 when you factor in two deaths recently related to an alleged serial killer. Two of those victims went missing in 2011, but those cases weren't determined to be homicides until this year.

- with a report from CTV's Jeff Keele