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Crime rate is down in Waterloo

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- From shootings, to robberies, to assaults, 2010 was a busy year for the Waterloo Police Department. But statistics show the rate of crimes actually dropped.

"People have a perception of Waterloo that its not a safe place. That's wrong," said Police Chief Dan Trelka, "Waterloo is a safe community . We have a few neighborhoods where we have some issues we are dealing with, but we are making progress in those neighborhoods."

Police Chief Dan Trelka credits setting goals. Group "A" offenses - including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and burglary, they're down nearly 8% from last year.

Armed robbery reports fell 52%. Waterloo saw 145 reports of them in 2009, that number dropped to 70 in 2010.

This year we also saw three homicides compared to just two last year.

In March, police were called to Sycamore Street and that is where they found Machelle Nichols-West who was shot and killed in her apartment allegedly by her husband.

In June, police found 58-year-old John Parham Jr. in front of his home on Ricker Street with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm.

In September, authorities were called to Broadway Street of reports of gun shots. That is where they found 23-year-old Rodricus Jones.

No arrests have been made in the June and September shootings, but that is where Chief Trekla says they need the publics help.

"Sadly we go to so many incidents especially these violent crime incidents where people don't want to talk to us for whatever reason. We need them to be willing and able to talk to us so we can bring a conclusion to some of these unsolved crimes and prevent crime further," Trelka said.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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