2012 Murder Rate Down

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It was just a year ago when Rockford was named the ninth most dangerous city in the country. But this year, the murder rate was cut nearly in half. Last year Rockford police reported 21 murders. This year they have only investigated 14, but police say they can't take credit for the decrease.

Typically, Rockford has around 20 murders a year in 2010 and 2011 there were 21 reported. This year police are only reporting 14 murders and 14 people have been arrested. However, that's not to say crime is down generally. There are still thousands of burglaries, robberies and aggravated assaults reported.

"Some of the murders this year were domestic related and six of them are not solved,” said Lt. Marc Welsh with the Rockford Police.

That solve rate is pretty standard according to the FBI. It's at 57% about the same as it was last year. Police say they hope to make even more arrests by the end of January.

As for the number of shootings or people showing up at hospitals with gunshot wounds, there isn’t a definitive number. The number of shootings is part of the number of aggravated assaults, so nobody really keeps track of how many people get shot. It’s not like people aren't shooting to kill, rather, they're just missing a lot of the time.

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