Criminal activity in Rochester decreases

ROCHESTER — Crime in the city decreased during the first half of the year, the Rochester Police Department announced earlier this month.

Violent crime is down 2.4 percent and minor crimes, such as larcenies, have dropped 8.7 percent, according to statistics released by the police department. Only robberies remain on the rise having increased 14.4 percent this year.

If the patterns continue, the city could end this year with the lowest crime rate in more than 25 years, police stated. Police officials credit their community and youth engagement programs, such as "Chief on the Streets" and the Police Activity Leagues, for the drop in criminal activity.

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