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Prov. Police: Violent crime ‘static,’ burglaries drop in ’12

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PROVIDENCE – While all crime combined fell 4 percent, the worst offenses – including murder, rape, robbery and assault – occurred at the same rate in 2011 and 2012, the Providence Police Department announced Thursday.

“Public safety is a top priority for me as Mayor,” said Mayor Angel Taveras in prepared remarks, expressing support for leadership and officers of the police department for their efforts to keep the city safe.

Taveras added that the most prevalent forms of crime in the city, property theft and burglary, dropped.

Alongside the mayor at the conference were Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare, Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr., Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O’Donnell.

“It is important that we share data on the levels of peace and safety in our community and recognize that most categories of crime are down in our City,” said Taveras.

The city’s 2012 crime statistics, which were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, show that property crime, like burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts, dropped 5 percent from 2011, with burglaries dropping most dramatically by 16 percent.

The city’s announcement, which included a display of seized firearms, comes less than a day after the its first reported gun-related homicide – a shooting on Wednesday evening on Dudley Street that claimed the life of a 20-year old man.

In 2012, the police department said it made “drastic efforts” to clean the streets of firearms, collecting 130 of them, with 25 seized in 2013 to date. A public safety spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment on what kinds of firearms were seized.

“We face serious challenges each and every shift,” said Clements. “These are more than just numbers, we realize that someone has been affected by criminal activity and we take that seriously.”

To view the full crime report visit: www.providenceri.com/police.

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