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Suffolk County Marks Lowest Homicide Rate In A Decade

Suffolk Police Reported Just 23 Homicides In All Of 2012
Photo Of Crime Scene Tape (John Li/Getty Images)

Photo Of Crime Scene Tape (John Li/Getty Images)

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The homicide rate in Suffolk County has hit a ten-year low, police data shows.

One of the reasons for the drop in killings is more attention to the most dangerous criminals, police said.

“We arrest the most violent criminals and repeat offenders and we also come up with strategies to help prevent future criminal behavior,” Suffolk Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

In 2010, Suffolk police reported 50 homicides. That number dropped to 23 killings last year, Xirinachs reported.

Fallon said the community plays an important role in safety.

“Law enforcement is really a team sport. So if the crime is dropping, everyone deserves credit,” Fallon said. “They’re taking more of an active role in letting us know where the problems are.”

Fallon said improved technology and community relations are a big part of the decline in homicides.

“Surveillance cameras all over that we can use when we do have a crime. We could seize computers, phones and even the social media now is providing us a lot of information about suspects,” Fallon told Xirinachs.

Fallon said the goal is to reduce the homicide rate even further.

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