Manchester Violent Crime Down 17 Percent in 2007; Property Crime Down 10

MANCHESTER (August 6, 2007) – According to statistics provided by the Manchester Police Department, the first six months of the year have seen a significant decrease in crime within the city. The most noticeable decrease has been within violent crime, which has dropped 16.56 percent in the first six months of 2007 versus the first six months of 2006. In that same time, property crime has dropped 10.04 percent and the overall crime rate fell 10.61 percent.

Mayor Frank Guinta said that, first and foremost, credit for these promising numbers goes to the men and women of the Manchester Police Department.

“When I say that there is no finer group of law enforcement officials around, I mean it and these numbers prove it,” Mayor Guinta said. “The Manchester Police Department has done an extraordinary job in making the city safer and by working with the city’s service agencies and citizen groups to lay the groundwork for effective preventive efforts.”

Mayor Guinta said “the safety and security of Manchester residents has and will continue to be a top priority of my administration. The numbers are moving in the right direction and show that the programs and additional resources we have put in place, combined with the with the dedication and outstanding service of our public safety officials, is making Manchester safer for us all.”

The year-to-date crime statistics compare the numbers of four different violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and four different property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson) by month. In addition, the Manchester Police Department tracks all arrests and drug arrests by month.

"Within these numbers, there are some incredibly positive signs. Rape is down 46 percent in the city, and aggregated assault is down 28 percent,” Mayor Guinta said. “Arson is down 38 percent and motor vehicle theft is down 26 percent.”

Mayor Guinta also said that efforts to close down troubled bars, the work of organizations like the Weed and Seed program and NeighborWorks to revitalize city neighborhoods, and the increase of the police complement from 203 in early-2006 to 225 today are making a difference.

“Public safety is not just the police department catching criminals, it involves the city’s other departments and nonprofit service agencies fulfilling their missions. We are all in this together. We understand that this is a long-range process, but the short-term results prove that we are going in the right direction,” Mayor Guinta said.

Public safety accomplishments in the past 18 months

· Added to police complement (from 203 to 225)

· Neighborhood watch expansion (more than 40 watch groups and more than 700 volunteers citywide)

· West Side police substation near completion

· Supported and funded high-intensity/high-visibility patrols

· Reactivated and reorganized Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET)

· Compstat and Community Policing Implementation Begun in May 2006

· Worked with New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement to help close Omega, Envy, Flo’s Bar and prevent opening of Electra (700+ person dance club)

· Instituted a Security Audit program for convenience stores

· Challenged local colleges to add law enforcement programs to address Manchester’s critical recruit shortage.

· Advocated for Student Resource Officers to be re-posted in the middle schools

· Gun sweep that led to 16 arrests and 65 guns off the streets in early-2007

· Led charge for restoration of Street Sweeper funds from Washington


Crime and Arrest Statistics 2007 Year-to-Date

 

(Comparison of Jan. 1-June 30, 2007 to Jan. 1, -June 30, 2006)

 

 

Crime

 

Jan

 

Feb

 

Mar

 

Apr

 

May

 

June

 

2007 Totals

 

2006 Totals

 

% Change

 

Murder

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

2

 

2

 

0.00%

 

Rape

 

1

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

13

 

24

 

-45.83%

 

Robbery

 

16

 

8

 

14

 

6

 

16

 

15

 

75

 

74

 

1.35%

 

Agg. Asslt

 

4

 

4

 

7

 

9

 

7

 

10

 

41

 

57

 

-28.07%

 

Total Violent

 

22

 

13

 

23

 

19

 

26

 

28

 

131

 

157

 

-16.56%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burglary

 

59

 

45

 

54

 

68

 

52

 

63

 

341

 

329

 

3.65%

 

Larceny

 

173

 

130

 

158

 

179

 

185

 

192

 

1017

 

1146

 

-11.26%

 

MV Theft

 

21

 

20

 

16

 

9

 

21

 

13

 

100

 

136

 

-26.47%

 

Arson

 

4

 

2

 

3

 

0

 

6

 

5

 

20

 

32

 

-37.50%

 

Total Property

 

257

 

197

 

231

 

256

 

264

 

273

 

1478

 

1643

 

-10.04%

 

TOTALS

 

279

 

210

 

254

 

275

 

290

 

301

 

1609

 

1800

 

-10.61%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Arrests

 

Jan

 

Feb

 

Mar

 

Apr

 

May

 

June

 

2007 Totals

 

2006 Totals

 

% Change

 

Adults (18 and over)

 

398

 

311

 

379

 

348

 

414

 

347

 

2197

 

2330

 

-5.71%

 

Juveniles (Under 18)

 

69

 

40

 

49

 

39

 

53

 

66

 

316

 

444

 

-28.83%

 

TOTALS

 

467

 

351

 

428

 

387

 

467

 

413

 

2513

 

2774

 

-9.41%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Arrests

 

Jan

 

Feb

 

Mar

 

Apr

 

May

 

June

 

2007 Totals

 

2006 Totals

 

% Change

 

Adults (18 and over)

 

20

 

18

 

17

 

12

 

33

 

27

 

127

 

104

 

22.12%

 

Juveniles (Under 18)

 

5

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

6

 

13

 

18

 

-27.78%

 

TOTALS

 

25

 

19

 

17

 

13

 

33

 

33

 

140

 

122

 

14.75%

 

Source: Manchester Police Department – (Gregory Murphy)