Jun 23, 2016 12:29 PM

Report: Murders rise 167 percent in Manchester from 2014 to 2015, rapes up 44 percent


MANCHESTER - Violent crimes rose by 10 percent in Manchester from 2014 to 2015, according to new numbers released by the Manchester Police Department.

Murders in the city saw a 167 percent jump (from 3 to 8) and forcible rapes a 44 percent increase (from 62 to 89).

Aggravated assaults jumped to 399 cases in 2015 from 349 in 2014 - a 14 percent increase.

Property crimes - like arson and burglary - also saw a 2 percent jump.

2016 has seen several reports of shots fired, but police said in May that similar crimes included in the report (known as Part 1 crimes) are actually down from 2015.

READ: Despite increase in reports of shots fired, Manchester police say crime is down

"Our Part 1 crimes are down 12% for the same time period as last year," said Manchester Police Lieutenant Brian O'Keefe. "It seems as if there is an uptick in crime due to the nature of recent calls involving shots fired calls. However, the crime statistics do not lie and show a downward trend."

O'Keefe did say, however, that the shots-fired reports are higher than usual.

"We have had approximately 18 shots fired calls since April 1, which is higher than normal," O'Keefe said. "But again, overall things are trending down."

Take a look at the fulls numbers from the 2014-2015 report below:


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