BELLPORT - County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) announced today that violent crime in Suffolk has seen a sharp decrease, but some say the numbers don't tell the whole story.
"The first part of this year, the murder rate is 0 percent, and the rest of the overall crime rate is down 36 percent," Levy says.
From Jan. 1 to March 6 of this year, there have been no murders in Suffolk County, compared to nine during the same time period in 2010.
However, Suffolk's presiding officer, William Lindsay, says those numbers don't say much.
"The first two months is a pretty poor snapshot to make a statement that crime is down, especially in light of our record snowfalls," he says. "I mean, nobody went out of the house, not even the criminals."
Still, Levy says it is an improvement that is likely due to greater police presence on the streets.