Rochester Crime Rate Continues to Fall

Rochester Crime Rate Continues to Fall


Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Police Chief Michael Ciminelli released a report on the 2016 crime statistics today that shows crime in Rochester continues to decline and the Rochester Police Department’s efforts to reduce shootings are effective.

“We still have work to do, but these numbers tell us that we are on the right track and our strategies are working, especially our efforts to reduce shootings,” said Mayor Warren. “Working together, the Rochester Police Department and the citizens of Rochester are creating a safer city, which is helping us create more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our citizens.“

The 2016 crime statistics show Part 1 crimes, those deemed most serious by the FBI, fell to the lowest point in 30 years. Violent crimes remained relatively flat with a slight decline from the previous year but continued a long-term trend of declines. The total number of violent crimes fell from 2,069 in 2012 to 1,710 in 2016. The five year average for violent crime shows a 12 percent drop.

2016 Year End Presentation-Final

Property crimes were down 6 percent and had an average decline of 21 percent over five years. From 2012 to 2016, total property crimes fell from 11,283 to 7,773.
Homicides last year increased from 36 to 42 – bringing Rochester’s year-end homicide total back to the range it had been in 2012 and 2013.

Despite the year-over-year increase in homicides, the statistics demonstrate the effectiveness of the RPD’s strategy to reduce overall violence by focusing on illegal guns. The number of shooting deaths in 2016 declined and the overall number of shooting victims fell by 20 percent.

“When you think about people losing their lives to violence, these numbers remind us why the work we are doing is so important,” said Mayor Warren. “But they also show us that the Rochester Police Department and the citizens of Rochester are doing exactly what they need to be doing to reduce this violence. We’re going to keep going after illegal guns and the people who use them. That’s how we are going to make our neighborhoods safer for everybody.”