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Crime update

In his first full month on the job as the new captain of Northern Station, Capt. John Jaimerena reported adding officers to foot patrols and to traffic enforcement and pedestrian safety.

In a recent update on his district, Jaimerena also noted crime statistics through February 2016. Citywide, homicides were up from 2 to 4 from the same month of 2015; aggravated assaults were up a much-smaller 15 percent; but rape (-50 percent) and robbery (-15 percent) were both down. On the Northside itself, there was one homicide through February 2016 (compared to zero in that timeframe in 2015); aggravated assault was also up 15 percent, but rape dropped 67 percent, and robberies fell by 52 percent.

As for property crimes, burglaries fell by 2 percent citywide, but actually increased 27 percent in the Northern Station’s district. All other property crimes (auto theft, theft from auto, arson, and other theft) either fell or remained the same on the Northside. Citywide, they also fell, except for auto thefts, which increased by 13 percent.

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