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SCMPD data show crime continues downward trend

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SCMPD crime data year over year. (Source: SCMPD) SCMPD crime data year over year. (Source: SCMPD)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Total crime dropped by 12.1 percent in 2012 in the jurisdictions served by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, according to data released Tuesday.

Violent crime fell 1.2 percent and property crime dropped 13.1 percent in 2012.

Lovett attributed the decrease in crime to proactive patrols, surveillance details, heightened responses to calls, according to an SCMPD news release. He said in a statement that building better community relationships brought the best results.

Overall, street robberies plunged 31 percent and aggravated assaults with guns fell 17 percent in 2012. But commercial robberies increased 39 percent and aggravated assaults without a gun increased 17 percent.

"We always have said, 'this is a community issue - we can't arrest our way out of a crime problem'," Lovett said in a statement. "This year we had more than 481,000 calls for service - more than twice the number we had in 2011 - even though we had fewer crimes. That tells us the community policing efforts we have in place are helping. The public feels better about working with us."

The biggest drop in violent crime in 2012 was in the Central Precinct, which was down 11.9 percent from 2011. It also had the biggest drop in property crime at 25.4 percent.

The West Chatham Precinct had a 6.8 decrease of violent crime and property crime fell 13.5 percent.

The Islands Precinct saw the biggest increase in violent crime in 2012 at 13 percent, but property crime dropped 13 percent.

Total violent crime in the Downtown Precinct increased 4.3 percent, but property crime dropped 13.8 percent.

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