City continues positive trend with 6 percent drop in reported crime

City continues positive trend with 6 percent drop in reported crime

Some categories, like homicides, on the rise

PAWTUCKET - Continuing a positive trend, the Pawtucket Police Department is reporting that incidents of crime declined 6 percent in 2012, following a drop of more than 8 percent in 2011.

There was a decline in the number of burglaries, stolen property, drug violations, vandalism, assaults, and theft from buildings, among others.

"There are many reasons why reported crimes can go up or down from year to year, but we have now seen significant back to back overall decreases the past two years," said Police Chief Paul King in a statement. "Bottom line, that's a good thing for everyone in the city."

Mayor Don Grebien said that the continued progress "is welcome news that Pawtucket is becoming a safer place to live, work and do business." The mayor said he understands that is not always the perception, "and we still have a long way to go for Pawtucket to be as safe as it can be."