By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

GARY, Ind. (AP) - Gary has seen a decrease in reported rapes, assaults and burglaries, but homicides have remained about the same, according to new crime statistics released by city officials.

The numbers indicate a decrease in all major categories for the second straight year. The officials say robberies, assaults, burglaries, larceny, auto theft and arsons dropped in 2015.

The number of assaults, including shootings, stabbings and felony battery has dropped 50 percent since 2013, the Post-Tribune (https://trib.in/1nGnP08 ) reported. About 180 assaults were reported in 2015, compared to 354 in 2014 and 463 in 2013.

A news release issued by city officials says the number of reported rapes dropped from 44 in 2014 to 25 in 2015.

But the city only saw one fewer homicide last year. Gary had 50 homicides in 2015, compared to 51 homicides in 2014.



In the news release, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson praised Gary police officers “for their untiring service to the Gary community.”

Gary for Life, a program initiated in mid-2014, targets the city’s most violent offenders in an effort to deter criminal activity, while also providing jobs and education. Of the 32 men and women on parole or probation who were contacted last year for the program, four have taken advantage of the assistance, according to police Cmdr. Del Stout.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, https://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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