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Mixed 2015 Dover Crime Report

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A Dover police car. There was some good news and bad news for crime in 2015 in Dover. (Photo: WBOC) A Dover police car. There was some good news and bad news for crime in 2015 in Dover. (Photo: WBOC)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article read Dover saw 261 fewer robberies in 2014. That is incorrect. The City of Dover saw 26 fewer robberies in 2014. They do not have as many as 261 robberies in a year, according to Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

DOVER, Del.- Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat presented his police department's annual crime report to the city council Monday.

It shows mixed numbers as it pertains to both higher and lower crime in 2015. The report says there was an 11 percent increase in violent crime. That means more murder, rape and aggravated assault.

Shootings increased by 53 percent from 17 to 26 shootings, according to the report. Along with shootings, shots fired complaints increased by 70 reports in 2015. 2014 numbers showed 119 reports. This past year brought 189.

John is a Dover resident who did not want to be identified by last name. He says he does not know what to think about the direction Dover is going.

"I hope we don't become the murder capital of the world. Something has to be done," he said.

He believes the community needs to better support its police officers.

"Police have their hands full," he said. "But at the same time some [of these] neighborhood people need to step up a little bit, too. They see something going on, stop it."

Crime in Dover has improved when it comes to robberies. The city saw 26 less robberies than in 2014. There were also 81 burglaries, according to the report.

Some people WBOC spoke with today think the spike in serious criminal activity is because of drugs. The report does show that Dover police had 1,688 proactive cases involving drugs.

The Rev. Parris Williams lives in Dover and is a pastor at First Baptist Church of Cheswold. He says it needs to stop.

"Young people with drugs, alcohol. And those things are going to continue to be a problem until we fix the cause," he said.

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