- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati reports homicides, shootings and other crimes were down in 2014 compared to 2013.

Statistics released Tuesday showed 11 fewer homicide victims in 2014, a 14.9 percent decrease from 2013. There was also a 13.4 percent decrease in shootings with 59 fewer victims, and 246 fewer robberies for a 15.4 percent decrease from 2013. Burglaries and vehicle thefts also went down.

City leaders credit targeted policing and community collaboration for some of the decrease. The city statement also credits an initiative to reduce violence that emphasizes partnership between community and governmental agencies.

Mayor John Cranley said trends are headed the right way but crime remains a problem in some areas and Cincinnati will redouble its efforts this year.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says everyone working together is making a difference.

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