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Robberies in Toledo have taken a dip

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 Toledo police are working to track down a second suspect allegedly connected in a string of carryout robberies.  After this series of hold-ups it may seem like they are on the rise. Police have arrested Dajuan Willingham. The second suspect Leroy Alcorn is on the run. Tonight we take a look if robberies have increased in Toledo.  

This mother of two didn't want to show her face, but says she's been robbed twice. She believes crime is up in toledo.   

"I have seen it on TV and I mean... In the neighborhoods, on the news there is nothing but crime, like crazy. It's just nuts," said a concerned resident.
     
Toledo police say robberies are down.  From January to June of 2012 Toledo recorded 488 robberies. In 2013 the city had 425. During the same time this year police have investigated 350 robberies.

 Sgt Joe Heffernan says it's a 20 percent decrease. He credits the dip in robberies to community policing, social media, officers tracking crime trends and suspects and the sky cop cameras.

"A small percent of your population commit the large percent of the crime. So if we can concentrate on those people that are doing the crime, it's that small percentage of people, you can make a big impact on the overall crime," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.

Officers say toledo is a safe place to live.  

"That's why it is important to get the real numbers out to the community, let them know that hey actually you are a lot safer in Toledo now than you were a couple years ago," said Sgt. Heffernan.  

 Officers say despite the violent crimes you see on the news crime is actually down. It's hard for this Toledoan to believe

"Very, very surprising. I...It doesn't seem like it."

 Toledo police say you play role an important role in keeping the city safe by reporting what you see in your neighborhood.  



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