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Slight Increase In Crime In Putnam County

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.

  • been there
  • kendra

    will there has to be some kind of solution to this problem like not cutting off all of the goverment funded programs that some of our kids go to for recreation and not to mention fun and staying out of trouble and such that is why we such a signifecene rise in the crime rate amongst young people all over the city and such.

  • Gregory

    A recession, high unemployment especially among the illegal aliens and limited opportunities for “off the books jobs”, That’s a crime driver. Perhaps the folks that benefited from the employment of illegals should pay additional taxes for relief services.

  • D

    Not statistically significant.

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