New police stats show murder rate dropped dramatically in Wilm.
By Amy Cherry

Updated Monday, July 8, 2013 - 3:14pm

Wilmington's murder rate is down 50-percent on the heels of a violent weekend in the city.

A new report by Chief of Police Christine Dunning examines the first six months of 2013 and reveals the city's overall crime rate is down 24-percent compared to the same period last year.

WDEL is keeping track of shootings this year and so far counts 69 shootings in the city and five murders, not including the fatal New Castle County courthouse shooting.

The report also shows Wilmington saw a drop by 12-percent in violent crimes, including murder, rape, and assault.

Mayor Williams attributes the drop to his public safety plan that debuted in February, which is aimed at creating safe and strong neighborhoods by building better relationships between residents and law enforcement and developing youth programs.

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