City announces reductions of crime year to year

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — City officials say there has been a reduction in several crime categories in the first quarter of the year.

Fort Wayne Police Department statistics for the first quarter of the year show a reduction in several areas including homicides, shootings, violent crimes, and property crimes compared to the first quarter of 2018.

“Our proactive public safety efforts are making a difference. The reduction in crime in several key areas is encouraging and helps validate that we do live in a safe city,” said Mayor Henry. “The safety of our residents, neighborhoods, and businesses continues to be at the forefront of my administration.”

FROM THE DATA:

  • Homicides are down 55.56 percent
  • Shootings are down 28.57 percent
  • Violent crimes are down 12.81 percent
  • Property crimes are down 4.99 percent
  • Drug overdoses are down 7.17 percent
  • Arrests for possession of a handgun without a license are up 65.38 percent

Police Chief Steve Reed also pointed out a need for more officers. He said the number of applications have decreased throughout the past 5-6 years. If you are interested in becoming an officer, please click here.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran

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