Property Crime Rates Up in Macon

10:50 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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In Macon, homicide, aggravated assault, and property crime rates are high so far this year. That's according to a report given by Macon Police at a city council committee meeting Monday.

Major Robert Grabowski says there were seven homicides between January and July 2012, and this year, there have been 11.

Aggravated assault numbers are almost double last year's. There were 139 in 2012. So far in 2013, there have been 221 aggravated assault cases.

Grabowski also says there were 66 more burglaries this year. That's an eight percent increase.

He says police ran a 45-day detail last summer, putting extra officers on the streets both day and night. Grabowski says that brought property crime numbers down, but police did not have enough in their budget for a similar operation this year.

"What we do to try to accommodate that is put together a focus squad and pull people from other shifts, and have them come in and rework their off-days to try to keep them focused on where they're having the residential burglaries," explains Grabowski.

The city council public safety committee asked police to come up with a proposed cost to run another detail and bring it to the appropriation's committee.

Not all crime rates are up, though. Police have seen fewer robberies, larcenies, and arson cases than this time last year.

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