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New Rochelle Remains One Of New York's Safest Cities, According To Report

The New Rochelle Police Department released its annual report to the public on Wednesday.
The New Rochelle Police Department released its annual report to the public on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sergeant Robert Torr

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - New Rochelle remains one of the safest cities in the country, according to the annual report released by the police department on Wednesday.

According to the report, New Rochelle was ranked as the 13th safest out of 110 similarly sized cities with a population between 80,000 and 100,000 residents. The police department also retained the lowest crime rate among similar municipalities in the state.

In 2015, the department responded to more than 50,000 calls for service, with notable decreases in burglaries (5 percent) and aggravated assault (7 percent) and increases in DWI enforcement (23 percent) and robbery arrests (92 percent).

“We are very gratified with the outstanding low crime rates for New Rochelle,” Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll stated. “The violent crime category, which includes murders, assaults, rape and robberies, is the lowest since 1999.”

Following a historic 2014 that saw record lows in crime in New Rochelle, the city saw a slight uptick, largely due to vehicle break-ins, according to Mayor Noam Bramson.

“Our 2014 crime rate was the lowest in 54 years.  In 2015, the Part I crime rate ticked up very slightly (about 4 percent), almost entirely because of auto thefts.  Some statistical noise is to be expected in year-to-year fluctuations, and the real story here is that our crime rate has been consistently and durably low for the past decade,” he noted.

“To be clear, one crime is one crime too many, and a favorable report overall does not in any way minimize the seriousness of any particular incident.  That’s why the Police Department continuously monitors patterns of criminal activity, works to prevent crime, and strives to build community relationships based on mutual trust.”

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