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Homicides, violent crime down in West Palm Beach, police say

Posted at 3:48 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 18:48:57-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Violent crime is going down in West Palm Beach, according to newly released numbers from the city.

According to the West Palm Beach Police Department, there were 20 homicides in the city last year through July 2018, and only nine this year through July 2019. That's a decrease of about 50 percent.

Sex crimes were down 26 percent year-to-year, aggravated assaults were down 27 percent, and property crime was down 2.6 percent.

Robberies were up .5 percent from July 2018 to July 2019.

The police department said the addition of the Violent Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency partnership, has had an immediate impact in cutting violent crime.

Police are also asking residents to continue registering their security cameras with the police department so detectives will have more access to surveillance video to capture criminals.