Updated 10/23/2012 01:40 PM
RPD Releases Third Quarter Crime Stats
The Rochester Police Department released the city's third quarter crime statistics Tuesday. YNN's Cristina Domingues joins us now from the Public Safety Building with a closer look at the numbers.
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|Crime Type ||2011 ||2012 |
|Homicide ||21 ||29 |
|Rape ||60 ||66 |
|Robbery ||521 ||571 |
|Aggravated Assault ||857 ||875 |
Police say violent crime in the city is up 5.7 percent compared to this same time last year. That includes homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.
The largest spike has been in the number of shootings, up 79 percent from the same time in 2011. Department leaders say feuding groups are to blame.
Officers are now teaming up with federal, state and local law enforcement to go after those groups using everything from drug enforcement to probation and parole. That's in addition to specialized details that are already in place in other areas and will continue.
"We need to put these groups on notice and that's what we're doing right now," said Mike Wood, Deputy Police Chief. "Those that kill and shoot people are going to be targeted for special enforcement action that is already underway. From the last quarterly report we've had some success in one portion of the city with one group and we'll continue to do that. If you shoot and kill people, we're going to be coming after you."
While the numbers are up this year, Chief James Sheppard explained that they're being compared to last year's numbers, which were the lowest the department has seen in 25 years.