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Dover Police Report Low Violent Crime So Far in 2016

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Dover Police say they are releasing crime and incident numbers more often in an effort to be more transparent. (Photo: WBOC) Dover Police say they are releasing crime and incident numbers more often in an effort to be more transparent. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- In an effort to be more transparent, the Dover Police Department is releasing crime reports more often. March's report has some encouraging numbers, but not everyone thinks it will stay that way.

The report shows numbers from violent crime, traffic arrests and car crashes. Car crashes stayed about the same and burglaries have mostly all been solved this year, according to the report.

Last year, police say Dover saw seven murders. That was a record for the city. It is almost halfway through 2016, and there have been no murders in Dover PD's jurisdiction.

We showed the numbers to some people in Dover Wednesday, and everyone we spoke with doubts it will stay that way.

"I'm thinking that when the summer comes, with that heat, especially if there's not that much employment," said Valerie of Dover. "Oftentimes that can cause a lot of displaced people to get a little antsy and things may go up more."

It was a common theme that many do not think it will last.

"I think the summertime is coming so people will be out more," said Donnel McNair of Dover. "I don't think it will last. I don't think we can live in a perfect society where we have zero murders, but the reduction of murders is really good."

Another rise in numbers of the report show over 10,000 complaints. That is almost 2,000 more complaints than the numbers at this time in 2015. The number of complaints is defined as how many times people have called on the police department for service, according to Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Another eye-opening number is the amount of drugs seized in the month of March alone. The most common drug seized was heroin. The report says Dover PD seized 743 grams of heroin in March. That's compared to 270 grams of cocaine and 563 grams or marijuana.

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