Spartanburg crime decreased in 2012, drops 50% in 15 years - FOX Carolina 21

Spartanburg crime decreased in 2012, drops 50% in 15 years

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg Public Safety Department released their 2012 Annual Crime Report Thursday morning, citing that crimes are down in the city by more than 4 percent from the previous year.

Public Safety Director A. Tony Fisher said the city has seen a 46.4 percent decrease in index crimes in the past 15 years. The city defines index crimes as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Specifically, the report cites the number of homicides dropped from six in 2011 to two in 2012; the number of burglaries dropped by more than 200 in 2012 and motor vehicle thefts by more than 100.

Fisher attributes this reduction in crime to an increased engagement with citizens by his police force, the creation of partnerships with residents and businesses and a strong emphasis on enhanced fire education and crime prevention strategies.

"It is significant for any community and this community to be working together with private businesses," he said.

In addition, he said all of his patrol cars are now fully functioning offices, equipped with Wi-Fi and new technology. Some of the new technology include the city's use of social media to help spread awareness and fight crime.

"That allows them to do a lot more things quicker, easier, and that provides them more opportunity to be with people in the community," Fisher said. "All of those positive things have made that difference."

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