NBC10 - Tim Furlong
Wilmington Police Chief Christine Dunning tells NBC10's Tim Furlong what has been done to lower crime so far this year but she isn't ready to stop the battle to make the city safer.
Wilmington, Del. officials say crime is down in the city, despite an increase in shootings.
A report released Monday shows overall crime fell 24 percent in the first six months of 2013 when compared to the same period a year earlier. The report also shows a 12 percent decline in violent crimes, including murder, rape, and assault.
“We are aggressively addressing crime through a coordinated multi-jurisdictional approach that includes law enforcement involvement from local, state and federal levels,” said Chief Christine Dunning.
Mayor Dennis Williams credits aggressive policing and a new deployment plan. Williams believes shootings will also decrease as the city refines its plan and gets reinforcements from the police academy.
"As much as reducing crime in Wilmington is about aggressive policing tactics, it is equally about building up our neighborhoods and creating more opportunities for young people. I am committed to attacking this problem from all angles."
The city reports six homicides since Williams took office in January, a 50 percent drop. Those numbers don't include two women killed during a violent shooting rampage by one of the victim’s former father-in-law at the New Castle County Courthouse.
Other crimes that are down so far this year include robbery, rape, kidnapping, assault and burglary. Some crimes however like auto theft and arson have seen an uptick.
Councilman Michael Brown Sr. says he's not sure these statistics tell the real story.