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Despite First Murder, Numbers Show Crime Down in Dewey Beach

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DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Despite recording its first ever murder this summer, numbers from police show most crime in Dewey Beach is down compared to last year.

The town has released its first end of summer safety report. The numbers show assaults are down 49 percent, burglaries down 50 percent and drunken offenses down 24 percent compared to last year.

The statistics cover January through September, but police spokesman Sgt. Cliff Dempsey said most crimes are reported in the summer.

Dewey Beach mayor Diane Hanson credited additional officers on summer weekends and extra staff on holidays for the decrease. The mayor said she is pleased with the results.

The town decided to compile and release the numbers after a murder in June prompted discussion over public safety. Police found the body of Danielle Mehlman, 26, of Bensalem, Pa., in a motel. Pawan Kumar, the accused killer, was later found dead in a New Jersey motel after an apparent suicide. Police called the murder an isolated case.

The police statistics show larceny is on the rise, though the spike appears related to an increase in bicycle thefts.

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