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Violent Crime on the Rise in Dover

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Violent crime has rise by 11 percent in Dover. (Photo: WBOC) Violent crime has rise by 11 percent in Dover. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The violent crime aspect of last week's annual Dover Crime Report has people talking on the streets of Delaware's capital city.

The violent crime rate has risen 11 percent, according to the report. Violent crime includes murder, rape and aggravated assault. In 2015, the city saw seven murders. Two years ago, the murder county stood at two.

Capt. Dave Spicer of the Dover Police Department says the drug problem in Dover contributes to the crime rate overall but also to violent crime.

"We had a significant amount of heroin seizure in 2015," he said. "And I only expect it to continue to grow [in Dover]."

He says the department has created a new position for crime analysis in an effort to prevent all types of crime from happening.

"What we try to do is try to predict where crime is going to occur next," he said. "We developed hotspot areas in different areas of the city, and that allows us to give direction, where we can deploy our resources."

Spicer said the new violent crime rate seems so high, because Dover has been seeing lows in the past few years.

The Dover Police Department puts a lot of effort into community programs to develop important relationships with members of the public. Last week it held its spring jam event where basketball games were held between officers and kids while families enjoyed food and music.

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