Ann Arbor Area Community News
The Ann Arbor News reports that the City saw a 35% increase in violent crimes (assault, robbery, rape, murder, burglary, motor vehicle theft) in 2005 relative to 2004; 2004’s total had been down 10% from the previous year.
Police attributed a 28 percent spike in robberies and a 32 percent increase in aggravated assaults to a four-month crime spree in which a loosely-knit gang was targeting men on downtown streets. The department formed a crisis response unit to address the problem, and the robbery numbers have decreased.
Relatedly, the DDA’s downtown benchmarking report (pdf), released in January, shows a roughly 50% increase in major crimes in the downtown area from 2004 to 2005, but an increase of only around 15% from 2003 to 2005. Detroit, meanwhile, experienced fewer murders in 2005 than any year since 1967.
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