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Greece Police: Overall crime drops, violent crimes rise
by Evan White
Greece, N.Y. -- The numbers appear to be encouraging.
Two years in a row, weve consistently driven the crime rate down, said Todd Baxter, Greece Chief of Police.
A summary of 2013 crime statistics compiled by Greece Police shows a reduction in crimes of 10 percent compared to 2012.
Violent crimes, which include homicides, armed robberies among others rose nearly 20 percent.
I think that is good, I would just want to see more done about the violent crimes because I dont want to have concern about my boys and my children growing up
Around it, said Jessica Deuel of Greece.
Part of the reason for the spike in violent crimes, according to Baxter, is due to the change in classification of such crimes.
Domestic incidents make up a large portion of such crimes and a larceny that involves a person fighting or resisting security officers has been elevated to a violent crime, said Baxter.
We want to make it clear if you come to Greece and steal and you use violence to steal we are going to charge you with the highest crime, always, said Baxter.
Service calls were down five percent compared to 2012. The clearance rate for all crimes rose four percent, up 12 percent from 2010, according to the police department.