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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
The City of Montgomery is showing positive signs in regards to lower crime numbers, reports Mayor Todd Strange.
The 2012 citywide crime stats show significant declines in part one and part two crimes. In 2012 there were 1,689 fewer crime victims in the capital city as compared to 2011.
Mayor Strange held a news briefing Thursday morning where he was joined by Department of Public Safety officials who broke down the crime numbers. The results indicate that in total, part one crimes were down 14.5 percent for the year. Part one crimes are violent crimes that include felonies, sexual crimes, burglary and theft.
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There was one statistic that did increase, and that was the number of homicides. Montgomery police investigated 32 homicides in 2012, up from 31 the previous year.
Of the 32 homicides in 2012, 25 cases have been solved for a success rate of 78 percent. In each of these cases, the victim and offender were known to each other. Authorities say 10 cases were drug-related and 7 were related through domestic relationships.
Seven cases remain under investigation with no suspect under arrest.
Montgomery is 10 percent above the national average in homicide clearance rates, meaning it solves more homicide cases than most departments across the country.
The police department is taking an "outside the box" approach to homicides and other crimes in 2013, including the utilization of help from doctors, attempting to change the perspective of crime-ridden communities and dealing with the over-exposure of violence in children.