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Norwalk Police: Violent Crime Drops in City

NORWALK, Conn. – Violent crimes within the city of Norwalk have dropped 12.2 percent during the first six months of 2011 when compared to the same six-month period in 2010, the Norwalk Department of Police Service announced Friday morning.

The records show that in the first six months of 2011, there were 24 fewer violent crimes than there were in the first six months of 2010, according to Norwalk Police Lt. Paul Resnick.

"I am very pleased with the results and I am certain the men and women of the Norwalk Department of Police Service will continue their efforts to keep Norwalk safe," stated Chief Harry Rilling in a statement.

"This 12.2 percent decrease in violent crimes follows an even greater reduction in violent crime of 20.2 percent from calendar year 2009 to calendar year 2010," Resnick said in the statement.

Resnick quotes these figures on violent crimes:

? Two murders in the first six months of 2010, three in 2011

? There were 80 robberies in the first six months of 2010, 59 in 2011

? There were 100 aggravated assaults in the first six months of 2010, 99 in 2011

? There were 11 forcible rapes in the first six months of 2010, nine in 2011

Chief Rilling confirms that there were only two murders in 2010, the deaths of Rickita Smalls and Iroquois Alston on Aug. 6, not in the six month period these statistics represent. The Daily Norwalk will update this story.

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