Chief stresses Reading crime rate is falling

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 22, 2014 2:27 PM
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(Reading) -- Reading’s police chief says contrary to common perception, crime in his community has been falling at a steady rate.

Crime statistics released by the city for 1993 to 2013 show serious crime has dropped to fewer than 3,600 reported offenses from a high of more than 8,000 in 1996.

Police Chief William Heim says the State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System statistics show a steady decline in crime since 1993.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams adds he's pleased with the figures, noting they mirror national trends.

The figures show 39 people were shot, eight fatally, last year. The highest figure in the last 14 years was 91 shootings, 17 of them fatal, in 2001.

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