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Overall crime declined in Youngstown in 2008

Published: Fri, January 9, 2009 @ 6:46 p.m.

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


1zieg2003(82 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Amazing, noone has anything to say about something good in ¥oungsotwn huh?

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2aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Well... it's not necessarily all good. It's good in the sense that the numbers have decreased, but lok at how high they still are!

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Don't tell Boardman's scare patrol. They want you to believe that crime is rampant and growing in this area. They use it to scare voters into passing levies.

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

This one should be easy....more people in jail and less population means less crime. The more criminals are put in jail, the safer our streets should be. Safe streets equal to more comfortable citizens and more reason to live here. Next, you have to change the attitude of our youngsters away from violence and crime to one of becoming a good citizen who can be an asset to his family and community. Our government cannot do it. This is where the family, the churches and schools, area businesses and community groups need to be pro-active.

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