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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Crime in Rochester has dropped significantly during the first six months of 2013.
Statistics through June show overall crime in the city is down by nearly nine percent. Violent crime is down more than two percent, the number of rapes dropped by about 27 percent, and homicides are down by 24 percent.
However, robberies have increased more than 14 percent. According to Police Chief James Sheppard, it is due to an increase in cell phone thefts.
"We have young kids 12, 13 years old who may get robbed for their cell phone that traditionally they wouldn't be victims because we all know they don't have anything worth taking. But with that cell phone, it has value and that's where we believe a significant portion of our increase has been found," explained Sheppard.
Despite the climb in robberies, overall crime has been on a gradual decline. If that trend continues throughout the year, Rochester will be on track to post its lowest crime numbers since 1985