JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says the number of murders, rapes, and robberies all went down in 2017.
Snellings says statistics only tell part of the story.
“If you look into causes of crime, we can talk about poverty, education, quality of living,” Snellings said. “There are a lot of other factors, and if you dive into it, those all go hand-in-hand with crime and what’s going on in communities.”
“It’s not just us. It’s everywhere.”
Snellings says JPD has identified four zones in the city as “problematic.”
The number of shootings rose to seven last year, but the number of murders dipped from four in 2016 to two.
Police are still investigating the murder of 22-year-old Dyllan Ownbey.
Jamestown man Brian Korzeniewski was charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Michael Bull last August.