Violent Crimes Rates Rise In Gainesville
Gainesville was a more dangerous place to live in 2009, according to new crime statistics released by Gainesville police. The department's "by the numbers" report shows that crime is up in Gainesville, by 7.6 percent compared to the year before.
Violent crimes increased by more than 100, the highest jump seen specifically in aggravated assault.
"You hear aggravated assault you think of something heinous and serious, but in many cases, the majority in that category are much more simpler crimes," said Major Rick Hannah.
There were 400 more property crimes in 2009, the highest jump seen in the category of larceny.
Hannah says GPD's goal for 2010, is to reduce crime by 5 percent, as well as enhancing the departments overall customer service.
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