EPPD: Put Crime in Perspective

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POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:10am

UPDATED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 5:50pm

EL PASO - While the local murder rate has skyrocketed, The El Paso Police Department says it is important to look at overall crime and put it in perspective.

The city has seen a decrease in six of seven crime categories so far this year.

Murders are up 1,100 percent - one murder last year compared to 12 this year. The categories with decreases are burglary of vehicles (-11%), vehicle thefts (-25%), larceny (-15%), burglary (-11%), assault (-6%) and robbery (-5%).

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