Providence Police announce citywide crime rate drops 4% in 2012
Providence, RI- Mayor Angel Taveras, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. and members of the Providence Police Department announced at a press conference this morning the final crime statistics for 2012, as reported to the FBI. Also in attendance was Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and Rhode Island State Police Superintendant Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell.
"Public safety is a top priority for me as Mayor. It is important that we share data on the levels of peace and safety in our community and recognize that most categories of crime are down in our City. I commend the leadership and officers of the Providence Police Department for their commitment to our City and their daily efforts to keep Providence safe," said Mayor Angel Taveras.
The 2012 crime statistics, in comparison to 2011, show a 4% drop in citywide crime. Violent crime, which includes murder, sex offenses, robbery, and aggravated assault, remained static with the City reporting 1,225 violent crimes in 2011 versus 1,230 in 2012. Robbery dropped 10% with 420 offenses in 2011 compared to 376 in 2012. Property crime, which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, was down 5% with 8,451 offenses in 2011 compared to 8,028 offenses in 2012. Burglaries were down 16%.
With gun violence becoming more prevalent throughout the nation, Providence Police have made drastic efforts to remove guns from the streets. In 2012, 130 firearms were seized and in 2013, 25 firearms have been seized to date. On display at today's press conference were a number of the seized firearms from 2012. Residents are urged call the City's anonymous gun tip line at 1-855-776-7100 or text "PPDTIP" to 274637 to report illegal guns.
"We face serious challenges each and every shift, and I commend the men and women of the Providence Police Department for their timeless commitment and dedication to keeping the City safe. Reporting on our yearly activity is a reflection of their hard work as the officers certainly do their part to improve the quality of life throughout the neighborhoods of the City. These are more than just numbers, we realize that someone has been affected by criminal activity and we take that seriously," said Colonel Clements.