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Utica police tout 'tremendous improvement' in crime reduction

The city of Utica is touting what is calls a “tremendous improvement” in crime reduction.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 5:45 PM

UTICA – The city of Utica is touting what is calls a “tremendous improvement” in crime reduction.

The Utica Police Department says there was a double-digit percentage of crime reduction in nearly every violent crime category over the last few years. The number of rapes upticked slightly from 2016 to 2017, but over a five year average, it still decreased.

Here is the average reduction from last year, and over a five-year average:

HOMICIDE
Last year change: -25 percent
5YA change: -38 percent

RAPE
Last year change: 13 percent
5YA change: -20 percent

ROBBERY
Last year change: -33 percent
5YA change: -17 percent

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Last year change: -4 percent
5YA change: -7 percent

BURGLARY
Last year change: -14 percent
5YA change: -20 percent

LARCENY
Last year change: -12 percent
5YA change: -17 percent

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
Last year change: -15 percent
5YA change: -27 percent

VIOLENT CRIME
Last year change: -13 percent
5YA change: -16 percent

PROPERTY CRIME
Last year change: -13 percent
5YA change: -18 percent

OVERALL INDEX CRIME
Last year change: -13 percent
5YA change: -18 percent

“By improving community relations, you not only decrease crime, but you also get people to come forward as witnesses when crimes do occur,” said Utica Police Chief Mark Williams. “To the credit of the deputy chief, and The Lindsey Foundation, which he is a board member of. We have Shop With a Cop events, but in addition to that, we have Coffee With a Cop. We have our police officers now in some of the preschools like Head Start with an Adopt a Cop program. Just to name a few of the community relations we are doing.”

The chief went on to say that the Utica Police Department has excellent working relationships with other local departments, federal officials, state police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams also credits his patrol division for increased visibility on the streets.

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