Bright Spots Do Exist In Saginaw's Crime Stats 9-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bright Spots Do Exist In Saginaw's Crime Stats 9-15-2010

Despite a drop from previous years, new Federal Bureau of Investigation numbers show that, per capita, Saginaw is still the most violent city in the country.
It's a dubious honor the town of less than 60,000 residents has held ever since 2003.
But the good news is, so far this year, things seem to be turning around. In 2010, there have been only three homicides, down from 12 in 2009. And robberies are also down 40 percent from 2009.
Saginaw Police said they have the numbers to prove crime in the area is on the downward slide. Authorities said violent crime was down 24 percent last year and another 12.5 percent so far this year.
The Rev. Larry Camel went to the Parishioners on Patrol offices on Saginaw's east side on Wednesday after hearing the news that the city he lives and preaches in leads the nation in violent crime for its population.
"We all know it's not as bad as they say it is," said Camel. "When you commit a crime, you hurt the whole community." For the last five years, Parishioners on Patrol have hit the street to try and fight crime in Saginaw.
Officials with the patrol said they know Saginaw is a violent city, but they believe they can see first hand that the crime rate is going down.
The last time Saginaw didn't top the FBI list was back in 2002, when Irvington, Calif., earned the dishonor.
To view the complete list of Michigan offenses known to law enforcement broken down by city, visit http://www.fbi.go/.
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