Rochester police release crime statistics

ROCHESTER — Overall rates of violent crimes decreased 17 percent over the past year — including a 19 percent drop in homicides — but the rate of rapes has risen, according to information from the Rochester Police Department.

The annual crime statistics were released Feb. 19 by Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief Michael Ciminelli. The two pointed to the 78 percent rate of arrests for homicides as an indicator of improved community involvement in solving crimes. The rates of robbery, aggravated assault and property crimes also are at a 25-year low.

But a 28 percent increase in rapes, from 86 to 110, presents a challenge and an area of focus for the department, Warren and Ciminelli said. According to the statistics, the total number of incidents represents a 13 percent rise above the five-year average, and about 70 percent of the victims knew their attackers.

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