Reno Crime Rate Drops in 2007

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Reno police say the overall number of serious crimes per capita dropped 8 percent last year compared with 2006.

According to FBI statistics, serious crimes dropped from 12,307 in 2006 to 10,951 last year.

Per 1,000 people, the crime rate fell to 57.4 last year, down from 60.6 the year before.

Additionally, Police Chief Michael Poehlman says violent crimes involving murder, rape and robbery also dropped.

There were 7 murders in 2007 compared to 23 in 2006; and 91 rapes reported in 2007 compared to 100 in 2006.

Incidents of robbery dropped from 523 to 516.

The only violent crime to see an increase was assault, which includes domestic violence.

There were 885 reported in 2007, compared with 833 in 2006.

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