Overall crime down for Saginaw - WNEM TV 5

Overall crime down for Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

"I don't feel necessarily a hundred percent safe. I don't let my kid outside. That's for sure," said Melainie McCoy.

McCoy said she has reason for concern for herself and her 3-year-old daughter. The Saginaw resident said her community has changed – and not for the better.

"I've lived here my whole life. I just don't trust the way the world is becoming, the economy," McCoy said.

City officials said the perception that things are worse now than before are off base. But not everyone is buying it.

"Oh no, it's not safer than last year. It seems like it's getting worse," said resident Rebecca Howard.

But according to numbers released by the Saginaw Police, crime is down 13 percent.

Here's a look inside the 2015 numbers:

  • 8 homicides, down from 13 in 2014, and 27 in 2013.
  • 62 sexual assaults, up from 53 in 2014.
  • 450 burglaries

Saginaw resident Allen Parrish said he's proud of the results.

"I'd like to see them get more recognition. They can only do so much without the community's help," Parrish said.

Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth said joint efforts between law enforcement and the community are making a difference.

"They've got our backs. A lot of times, the officers are out there by themselves. The community is there to help them and watch them," Ruth said.

Mayor Dennis Browning said neighbors are also watching out for each other.

"They're having neighborhood associations, they're having neighborhood picnics," Browning said. "They're doing a lot of that stuff. So, when there's that much neighborhood involvement, criminals don't like to be active in that kind of neighborhood."

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