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Fact Check: Rochester crime surge

Nikki Rudd
Created: June 08, 2021 05:32 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Violence in Rochester is out of control. We've heard that from so many of you as we report on crime every day, but are we any different from other cities our size? 

It seems every day we're telling you about another shooting or another murder. News10NBC's Nikki Rudd looked into the numbers, and crime is up in cities across America.

"What's happening in Rochester is happening in Syracuse. It's happening in Buffalo. It's happening to Albany. It's happened in Chicago, New York City,"  City of Rochester Communications Director Justin Roj said. "It's happening throughout the country."

Rochester is not alone in the current crime surge. Keep in mind crime was already up last year during the pandemic. 

Let's take a look at the numbers. News10NBC reached out to the police departments in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse.

Here's what we found. As of late last week, when it comes to shootings Syracuse had the most with 184 shootings so far this year. Rochester has had 129. Buffalo: 121. Albany has only had 25 shootings.

When it comes to homicides Rochester ranks second out of New York's mid-sized cities. Buffalo is first with 39 followed by Rochester with 23. Albany and Syracuse have both had nine homicides so far this year. 
According to the Major Cities Chiefs Association, homicides across the country are up about 30% so far this year compared to last. 

"We have to address the immediate challenges of violence,"  Roj said. "We're doing that, and I think people will see over the coming months that we're going to be successful in doing so and that we're going to drive those numbers down." 

However, we are approaching the summer months when warm weather almost always marks an increase in violent crime.  

Click here to track the Rochester Police Department data for yourself online. 


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