ITHACA — Robberies in the city increased 27 percent during the first half of 2012, ending a three-year decline, according to the latest figures released by the Ithaca Police Department. There were 14 robberies during the first six months of this year, compared to 11 for all of 2011.
The numbers seem to end a three-year decline in Ithaca robberies. There was a 25 percent decline in robberies between 2009 and 2010, and an even sharper 54 percent drop between 2010 and 2011.
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In another unsettling statistic, the number of burglaries committed in the first half of 2012 are already 71 percent of the level committed in all of 2011. There were 94 burglaries and break-ins between January and June of 2012 compared to 132 for all of 2011, according to statistics compiled by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Ithaca Police Department. The number of burglaries had dropped 13 percent between 2010 and 2011.
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We’ve reached out to the IPD’s new Public Information Officer and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick for comment.