Overall crime declined in Youngstown in 2008

YOUNGSTOWN — Overall crime in the city dropped last year, most notably the number of homicides and rapes.

Of the 28 homicides recorded in 2008, six occurred in one event, a deliberate fire on the East Side that claimed the lives of two women and four children.

In 2007, the city had 39 murders.

The numbers for 2008 reflect a 28 percent decrease.

When homicides are grouped with other violent crimes of rape, robbery and felonious assault, the drop is 14 percent, compared to the prior year. There were 47 rapes reported in 2008, compared to 73 in 2007.

The only crime to increase was motor vehicle theft, up 7 percent.

Mayor Jay Williams said he’s very pleased with the progress being made, as reflected in the statistics released Friday by the police department.

Read more in Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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