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Street robberies, aggravated assaults up in Savannah

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Savannah City Council members got a clear picture of how Savannah-Chatham Metro Police continues to fight crime and what progress is being made.

Chief Jack Lumpkin spoke about new technology, and where manpower is for the department.

Similar to the last updates, the chief led off with the overall crime stats for each precinct and how numbers have either improved, stayed the same, or gotten worse.

By the end of last month, the city had seven more homicides compared to the same time last year.  Commercial and street robberies were up, as were aggravated assaults.

But overall, the chief says total crime overall is trending down and is doing so in the hot summer months, contrary to what police normally see.

And now police say their focus is on keeping crime down through August, which is typically the busiest crime month of the summer.

Chief Lumpkin attributes the decline in crime so far this summer to the abundance of things for teenagers to do.

"The reductions that we had I think were really impacted significantly reduced by the youth programs that we had this year. The pre-apprentice program and the mayor’s Summer 500 program structured around six to 700 kids and gave them activities to do,” said Chief Lumpkin.

Council did approve during the regular session a five-year contract for GPS systems for Metro’s fleet of police vehicles.

Per the merger agreement, the measure will now be voted on by Chatham County Commission next week.

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