Fact Check: Record crime in Rochester | WHEC.com

Fact Check: Record crime in Rochester

Nikki Rudd
Updated: November 10, 2021 11:23 PM
Created: November 10, 2021 11:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC has been reporting that homicides in Rochester are at the highest rate we've seen in years.

One viewer emailed us asking if that's really true. He remembers homicide numbers into the '70s when he was younger. 

Nikki Rudd checked the facts. 

Rochester Police Captain Frank Umbrino heads up the Major Crimes Unit. 

Rudd asked him for the homicide numbers he has for the city. Umbrino was able to provide a list going back to 1970. 

The highest number of homicides in the city were in 1991, 1993 and 1994 with 69, 68 and 66 homicides respectively.

The years with the fewest homicides? 1970, 1980, 2009, 2017 and 2018. In each of those years, there were fewer than 30 homicides. 

We should note, Umbrino said he can't vouch for how accurate the early numbers are especially in the 1970s because the record-keeping was not as good as it is now.

"It's kind of hard to believe, but the times were different then," Umbrino said.

As of Nov. 10, we've had 68 homicides in Rochester this year. Again, the record is 69 in 1991.

Click here for a look at homicide data from RPD's open data portal.

Here are the numbers RPD homicide numbers by year:

Year Number of Homicides
1970 22
1971 32
1972 30
1973 35
1974 33
1975 31
1976 31
1977 55
1978 38
1979 31
1980 29
1981 38
1982 34
1983 33
1984 40
1985 30
1986 40
1987 31
1988 39
1989 44
1990 43
1991 69
1992 50
1993 68
1994 66
1995 60
1996 50
1997 57
1998 48
1999 32
2000 42
2001 45
2002 45
2003 57
2004 37
2005 54
2006 52
2007 49
2008 44
2009 27
2010 40
2011 34
2012 38
2013 42
2014 35
2015 37
2016 44
2017 29
2018 28
2019 32
2020 51
2021 68 (As of Nov. 10)


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