NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- New Haven police are out with some new crime statistics and they show a reduction of crime for the most part, over the first half of the year.
The department gives a lot of the credit to more cops walking the beat but the report is not all positive.
According to the police department, most of the major categories like violent crime and property crimes are trending in the right direction.
A lot of the credit is being given to more cops 'visible' in the community walking the beat.
Saying the department is moving in the 'right direction' Chief Dean Esserman told the media violent crime in the city was down more than 7% in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period in 2012.
He says community policing with more cops walking the beat is a big reason why.
"We are rebuilding the relationships and the trust in this community an officer at a time, a street at a time and a neighborhood at at time," said Esserman.
But, on the street, some don't see much of a change.
Leroy Gatison has called New Haven home for more than twenty years.
When asked if he feels safer in the city, Gatison said, "no I don't. I know they put more police officers on the walk, the beat, but I don't see it getting any better, not yet."
Although there has been one more homicide,13, compared to last year, the number of sexual assaults, robberies involving firearms and aggravated assaults are all down.
The police department also says it's solving crimes at a much higher rate these days.
To that point Thursday, they will announce the arrest of a suspect in connection with a homicide that occurred on August 15th.
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