Nassau: Crime stats reveal streets are safer
Nassau County officials revealed crime statistics Tuesday showing that the streets appear to be getting safer.
According to police department data, overall crime has dropped 25 percent since 2009 and major crimes - including murder, robbery and burglary - fell 9.5 percent last year. Specifically, there were 13 murders in 2013 and six in 2014.
"Since the 60s, this is the lowest crime recorded here," said Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. "Every category is down since 2009, the one area that didn't go down, it was slightly up, was the sexual crimes."
The crime stats do not tell the whole story for all of Nassau County. It does not include areas not patrolled by Nassau police, such as the villages of Freeport and Hempstead. Community activist Sergio Argueta says the data from those areas must be factored in to get the full picture.
"Those numbers are not reflected, and as a result, you still have small pockets where there's high major crimes, such as homicides, robberies," Argueta told News 12.
News 12 asked Suffolk County for its crime states for the years 2009-2014. The county has not yet provided that information.