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Violent crimes decrease

ALBANY, Ga. -- Crime statistics provided by the Albany Police Department show that violent crimes were down by nearly 9 percent from the same time last year and are down by nearly 23 percent from 2008.

Despite two recent high-profile violent crimes -- the July 21 robbery of the Dollar General on Gordon Avenue and the July 3 shooting at P&P Hardware on North Slappey Boulevard -- Albany Police Chief John Proctor told Albany City Commissioners Tuesday that violent crimes committed during June were trending downward.

According to the statistics, there were 84 total violent crimes reported during the month of June. That figure is down by 8.7 percent from the 92 that were reported in June 2009.

Breaking the stats down by crime shows that there were 44 aggravated assaults reported, 34 robberies, five rapes and one homicide.

The most substantial decrease was in the number of aggravated assaults, which decreased by 38.9 percent from June 2009.

While violent crimes as a whole were down for the month, some types of crime were up significantly.

Robberies, for instance, went from 15 in June 2009 to 34 for June 2010, an increase of 126.7 percent. Rapes were also up from 3 in June 2009 to 5 in June 2010.

The monthly trend mirrors the year-to-date trend.

As of June 30, 2010, the year-to-date totals for violent crime as a whole are down 8.9 percent. In comparing 2010 with 2008's numbers, the contrast is more obvious, with violent crimes down 30 percent.

In terms of the statistics, violent crimes consist of homicides, rapes, armed robberies and aggravated assaults.

Property crimes, which are up by 6.51 percent month-to-month and 21 percent year-to-date, consist of arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft.