CARMEL, NY (WCBS 880) — It looks like crime may be on the rise in Putnam County.

In the first five months of this year, overall crime increased slightly in Putnam County, 6.2 percent.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports:

Putnam had 25 incidents in violent crimes last year and 32 during the same period this year, but Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith says it’s important to remember how small these numbers were to start.

“When you have the lowest crime rate to start with in the State of New York, any change is going to obviously represent a fairly significant change in the numbers,” said Smith.

Westchester also saw an increase in crime of 0.7 percent while Rockland saw a 6.7 percent decrease.

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