The police department reported 1,546 serious crimes last year as opposed to 1,557 the year before, according to the department’s annual report. That was higher than the 1,311 serious crimes reported in 2010, but still showed a drop of 33 percent over a decade, according to the report.
The crime rate made New Rochelle the 10th safest city in its size range of 75,000 to 95,000 residents, according to the city’s announcement. There are 120 such cities, meaning New Rochelle is in the top 8 percent, the announcement said.
The crimes include aggravated assault, automobile theft, burglary, larceny, murder or negligent homicide, rape and robbery.
The largest drop came in robberies. Last year, 94 were reported, down from 118 the year before, a drop of 20 percent.
At the same time, burglaries rose to 185 last year, up from 166 in 2011.
The city reported five forcible rapes and one murder or negligent homicide, compared with two of each the year before.
Here’s the city’s announcement:
2012 NRPD Annual Report Released
City Remains a Top Safest; Double Digit Decrease in Part 1 Violent Crimes
New Rochelle retained its ranking as one of the safest cities nationally in 2011, according to the 2012 Annual Report released this week by the New Rochelle Police Department. The City was the 10th safest city nationwide out of 120 cities with comparable population. Additionally, the City of New Rochelle has the lowest crime rate among similar municipalities in Westchester County and New York State.
For over a decade, New Rochelle remained among the top 5 safest cities nationally among smaller-sized cities (population 70-80,000). In 2011, due to the recent Census, New Rochelle was bumped into a higher population range (75,000 to 99,999) and still remained within the top ten (top 8%).
Incorporated in the annual report were figures for Part I Crimes for the City of New Rochelle for 2012. The percent change from 2011 shows a modest decrease overall but a significant decrease in the violent crimes of Aggravated Assault (7%), Robbery (20%) and Murder (50%). And when compared to figures over the past decade, the crime rate remains historically low.
“The double-digit decrease in violent crime since last year is significant,” said New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll. “These numbers reflect the vigilance of the department, even more crucial during these challenging economic times.”
Additionally in 2012, the report shows the department:
- Responded to 51,000 calls for service
- Implemented new video enhancing software
- Served the community through educational, preventive and volunteer programs including SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), New Rochelle FOCUS, and HOPE Community Kitchen.