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Crime in New Rochelle Up by 21%, Yet Still One of Safest Cities, Say Police


Two news items out of the New Rochelle Police Dept. that may seem contradictory.

Serious crimes, such as  aggravated assault, murder, robbery and burglary increased 21 percent from 2010 to 2011.  (If you like numbers, the department reported 1,589 of these serious crimes in 2011, up from 1,311 in 2010. The 2011 tally is below the 2008 level of 1,758 and, according to police, 18 percent below the total in 2002.)

LoHud quotes City Manager Charles Strome as saying said the rise in crimes could, in part, be attributed to changes in the way certain crimes, like aggravated assault, for example, are recorded.  But, he said, “There’s no question the numbers in our Police Department have been reduced and we still have a bad economy. And these things sometimes add up to these situations.”

On the other hand…

The same report shows New Rochelle ranks as one of the five safest cities among cities its size nationally in 2010.

The city was the fifth-safest city nationwide out of 60 cities with comparable populations, making this the 11th consecutive year of it being one of the five safest.

How do you account for an apparent contradiction? Or is it?


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