SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Saginaw's police chief says the number of homicides and shootings are way down so far in 2014.
According to Chief Brian Lipe, there's an overall trend this year of fewer violent and property crimes in the city.
Lipe says Saginaw has had 19 shootings and six homicides so far this year. In the first seven months of 2013, the city recorded 55 shootings and 20 homicides.
Police also are seeing a drop of more than 20 percent in the number of rape, motor vehicle theft and arson crimes this year compared with 2013.
Lipe tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/YogLIA ) his department has "the right people locked up." He says "20 or 30 people in the city were mostly responsible for 70 to 80 percent of the shootings and homicides."
Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw