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A breakdown of Waterloo crime stats

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Armed robberies is one of only several areas that increased in 2008. There were 113 cases last year compared to 73 in 2007, which is an increase of more than 50 percent.

It has been a year of ups and downs when it comes to crime statistics in Waterloo. The number of homicides dropped from three in 2007 to two last year. In February of 2008, Antwuan Williams Senior was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his son.

The investigation into the murder of Jasmine Mills, which happened last month, is still ongoing.  

"It's an active investigation. We are waiting for the state medical examiner lab to come back with the pathology report before we continue on," Waterloo Police Chief Tom Jennings said.

The recent string of robberies over the past few months continues to worry residents. Chief Jennings says his officers are working overtime to catch these criminals.

"We have extra officers out patrolling the areas, but we have a large area to cover. Obviously where we are at, the robbers are watching us as closely as we are watching them," Jennings said.

"Somebody out there knows who is doing this or knows some key bit of information and when citizens come forward with that kind of information it just accelerates it and will bring this to an end," Waterloo Mayor Tim Hurley said.

Chief Jennings says people should not be afraid, but vigilant.

"I don't like the word scared, but I do think they need to be aware of their surroundings, that there are people out there waiting to take your valuables and there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself and help out law enforcement in the community," Jennings said.

The number of arrests also decreased in 2008 with 5,500 compared to almost 6,200 in 2007.  

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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