STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Violent crimes, which include murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assault, are on the rise in Stamford. According to the FBI's preliminary uniform crime report, these violent crimes went up by 10 percent last year.
"It doesn't surprise me," said Jeffrey Blance, of Stamford. "I don't know what the incremental increases are, but it doesn't surprise me because times have gotten really tough."
According to the report, in 2010 there were 351 violent crimes committed in the city. In 2011 that number climbed to 389.
"I'm surprised," said David Sussan, of Stamford. "I would have thought it's been constant for a long time and I would have thought it would stay constant. I'm shocked that it's gone up."
Stamford police say when you hear about a 10 percent increase in crime it's shocking and they say it's concerning to them, but they say when you take a closer look the numbers show Stamford is a safe city.
Take for example, the murder rate, which increased from 2 to 6 in 2011. That's a 200 percent increase, but they say that's still a very low number for a city its size.
"The 200 increase appears to be very dramatic," said Asst. Chief Jim Matheny, Stamford PD, "but when you compare us to cities anywhere near our side it's still a lower number."
Sexual assaults were also up, but police say a statistic doesn't always tell the story.
"I'm unhappy the number is higher, but at the same time I'm happy we're getting people who never would have come forward before to come forward and tell us they've been victimized," said Chief Matheny. "So you look at statistics as a hard number, but then you got to look a bit deeper and see what the real meaning is."
The FBI says the overall number of crimes committed in the city were up 2 percent last year.
Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to take immediate action to try and prevent another deadly train crash like the one that happened last weekend in New York City.
Members of the Machinists union who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney have approved a new three-year contract.
Manchester police are investigating what lead one man to allegedly kill three women and then take his own life.
The University of Connecticut has awarded the first two scholarships under a program launched to help those affected by last year's massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A student accused of setting off a lockdown and massive police response at Central Connecticut State University by wearing a ninja-like costume on campus is set to face a judge for the first time.
Newtown police officers rescued two people from a house fire, early Sunday.
Enfield resident Harold Slater was just 20-years-old the day he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Two men were arrested after breaking into a home then driving at officers during a pursuit in Waterbury on Saturday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times — once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary …
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The two youngest members of the U.S. Senate are co-sponsoring a bill aimed at lowering college costs that includes withholding federal funds from schools that don't meet affordability and quality standards.