Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
January 13, 2006
For Immediate release
More Good News for Haverhill—Crime is Down Second Year in a Row
Mayor James J. Fiorentini today announced that, for the second year in a row, crime in Haverhill is going down. “This is great news for our citizens” said Fiorentini “and shows that our plans to turn Haverhill around are working.”
The latest crime statistics compiled by the police department show that f rom January 1 2005 until October 10, 2005 crime in Haverhill dropped by 5% compared to the same period last year. Overall, there were 92 fewer crimes in the city this year than last year.
The greatest reduction was in violent crimes. There were 95 fewer assaults, a 14% decrease. There were 76 fewer house breaks, a drop of 14%. There were 40 fewer car thefts, a drop of 22%. There were eight (8) fewer rapes. Overall the there were 92 fewer crimes for a 5% decrease in crime. The only crime subcategory that went up was latencies.
Fiorentini noted that this marks the second year in a row when all major crime categories were down. Last year, crime was down 11%. Over the past 22 months, there has been a 32% reduction in violent crime.
Fiorentini said that this was evidence that Haverhill was turning around economically from where it was two years ago.
“While we are only part way through the year, if this trend continues, it marks the second year in a row when crime is down. Last year crime was down 11% and went down in every category. This year, crime is down again and there is a significant reduction in violent crime.
We know that crime goes up and down for a number of reasons, and no one can take complete credit for a change in crime numbers.
We also know that Haverhill is turning around. We know that our unemployment rate has fallen dramatically in the past 22 months. Our downtown has started a revival. With the additional tax revenues, we have more police officers on the street today than we did 22 months ago, and we have more patrols in high crime areas.
With this data, we know that Haverhill is a safer place today than it was just twenty two months ago.”
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