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Crime down, says Fayetteville police chief

Posted November 14, 2018 7:14 a.m. EST

— Overall crimes committed in Fayettevile during the first nine months of the year have dropped compared to the same period last year - with the exception being aggravated assaults, recent figures show.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, Police Chief Gina Hawkins, who was hired in August of 2017, released the figures in a report to the City Council on Tuesday night and outlined the steps the department has taken under her tenure to reduce crime.

Gina Hawkins

Her report showed that:

  • Homicides decreased from 23 in 2017 to 19 in 2018.
  • Rape cases decreased from 80 in 2017 to 73 in 2018.
  • Robbery cases decreased from 213 in 2017 to 176 in 2018.
  • But aggravated assault cases increased from 823 cases in 2017 to 996 cases in 2018.

In 2018, 35 percent of aggravated assaults were related to domestic violence, compared to 10 percent in 2017, Hawkins noted.

She said she could not pinpoint the reason domestic violence cases are increasing, but noted that she has assigned three detectives to a domestic violence unit “to be proactive.”

“There is no way we can be in a home in a domestic violence situation to prevent it,” she said. But she said there are other measures that need to be looked at to address the issue.