HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-The numbers are in on summer crime in the city of Huntsville.
Officials at the Huntsville Police Department are calling this summer's robbery and burglary rate "subdued", thanks to what they say was a late spring crackdown that took a lot of criminals off the street.
There were a total of 110 robberies within city limits during the summer months of June, July and August. 21 of those incidents happened at businesses, eleven fewer than the 32 which happened in May alone.
Burglaries showed a small dip from June to July before shooting up again in August. HPD officials credit increased vigilance by officers and residents for the tapering rate.
"We're not about to sit back and say we got it licked," said Deputy Chief Kirk Giles. "To say we don't need to improve, there's no way we would ever say that...It's not so much we did anything magical, it's exchange of information."
The numbers also show that roughly thirty percent of summer burglaries were solved, with the robbery clearance rate sitting at a slightly higher 44 percent. HPD officials say both tallies best the national clearance rate average of 28 percent. Here is a complete breakdown of summer crime stats in the robbery and burglary categories:
June 36 30 6
TOTAL SUMMER ROBBERIES : 110