Hauppauge - (WALK) Murders and cases of manslaughter increased in 2013 by more than 17 percent while overall violent crimes fell by more than 4 percent from the previous year, according to a report by Suffolk police.
County Executive Steve Bellone, accompanied by police officials and the chairwoman of the Suffolk County Legislature's Public Safety Committee, Legislator Kate Browning, introduced the 2013 statistics in Hauppauge, Wednesday.
Police recorded a total of 1,712 violent crimes in 3013, a decrease of 4.09 percent from the 1,785 listed in 2012. Aggravated assault, robbery and rape are included among violent crimes, according to officials.
Murder and manslaughter offenses increased by 17.4 percent from 2012 to 2013; 23 were recorded in 2012, 27 in 2013, according to the report.
Police say total violent crimes recorded between January and April of this year declined from the 1st quarter of 2013: from 516 last year to 416 in 2014, a drop of 19.38 percent. Property crimes (burglary and larceny) also fell in the 1st quarter, from 6,283 in 2013 to 5,843 in 2014, a decline of seven percent.