Safety in our neighborhood, as well as safety in our larger community, is a high priority for most area residents. Crimes are often devastating to individual victims and usually disruptive to the community at-large. The impact of a high crime rate can make an area less attractive for people who are buying a home and lower not only the sale prices for those homes, but also the property values.
This section provides measures of crimes in various standardized reporting categories. Also included are measures of 911 call activity and total fires.
For crime, our regional picture is mixed. Recent trends show reductions in most crime categories. Yet, in some categories, the region still has higher rates than New York state as a whole: serious crime; property crime; and domestic violence. In the case of violent crime (a subset of serious crime), the area fares better than New York state, but has exhibited recent increases.
The rate of Juvenile Delinquency Intakes continues to fall below the state rate. Additionally, PINS Petitions are maintaining its lowest rates in the past decade due in part to increased emphasis in diverting PINS youth to alternative programs.
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