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Fayetteville crime down in 2010

Police Chief Tom Bergamine credited the cooperation between his officers and Fayetteville residents for the improvements.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The number of crimes reported in Fayetteville continued to decline in 2010, Police Chief Tom Bergamine said Thursday.

Violent crimes fell by 14.2 percent, including a 7.7 percent drop in so-called Part I crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery, according to preliminary statistics.

Property crimes fell 7.1 percent, and burglaries dropped 8.2 percent, figures show.

The declines follow a 21.5 percent drop in violent crimes and a 25 percent decrease in robberies in 2009, Bergamine said, crediting the cooperation between his officers and Fayetteville residents for the improvements.

"We cannot accomplish our goals alone. We cannot arrest our way out of crime. It takes more than just a professional organization; it takes all of us as a team," he said in a statement. "We have experienced community participation in our city as never before. We must continue to embrace this participation with open arms and continue to work hard at getting more citizens involved in the problem-solving process."

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