Hampton Police: Violent crime went down in 2013

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Police Division says violent crime in the city is down in 2013.

“Last year at this time we had seven homicides,” said Sgt.Jason Price. “This year we’ve had one, so working with the community is paying off.”

Sgt. Price says that’s just one example. He credits residents for a drop in violent crimes, such as homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

“We couldn’t do our job without the wonderful citizens of Hampton calling, reporting crime, reporting suspicious activity or even telling us what their problems are. If we don’t know there’s a problem, we can’t address it. It may not be a violent crime, it may be speeding is the problem within their community, but if we don’t know it, we can’t fix it,” he said.

Statistics show the 2013 violent crime rate in Hampton Roads by population, with Virginia Beach as the lowest, Hampton second lowest, Suffolk third, followed by Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth and Norfolk.

On Wednesday night, the Hampton Police Chief shared the crime statistics with City Council.

Hampton resident Susan Maus has mixed feelings: “It’s nice to have a safe place to live, obviously, but to watch the news and see how crime is going on, it’s kind of hard to believe its going down. It’s just such a small community. Seems like it’s everywhere all the time, every day. So if it’s going down, that’s a beautiful thing.”

Maus admits to being a robbery victim in the past.

Police also credit the lower crime rate to a new safe and clean program that involves residents and government agencies in problem solving, city wide.

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