Reno police: Overall crime down in '06

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Despite in increase in the number of murders and robberies, new statistics show the number of violent crimes and property crimes fell last year from the prior year, Reno police said Monday.

Overall crime fell 2 percent last year from 2005, Reno Police Chief Michael Poehlman said.

Additionally, he said last year's overall crime rate of 57.4 per 1,000 population was down from 60.6 per 1,000 in 2005 and 58.59 in 2004.

Violent crime statistics include murder, rape, robbery and assault.

The number of murders last year was more than double each of the
two prior years.

The department said there were 23 murders in Reno last year, up from eight in 2005 and nine in 2004.

Robberies rose to 523, compared with 421 and 464 in 2005 and 2004, respectively.

Incidents of assault fell from 980 in 2005 and 884 in 2004 to 833 last year, the department said.

Poehlman said the number of violent crimes per 1,000 population was 6.9 in 2006, down from 7.37 in 2004 and 7.34 in 2005.

Property crimes, including burglary, larceny, vehicle theft and arson, numbered 10,828 in 2006, down from 11,009 in 2005 but up from 10,204 in 2004, police said.

The rate of property crime per 1,000 population dropped to 50.5 in 2006, down from 53.26 and 51.22 in 2005 and 2004, respectively, police said.

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