Binghamton crime on the rise

By Perry Russom

Binghamton crime on the rise

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said his officers are doing all they can to fight the battle against crime but the crime rate is on the rise.

Zikuski reported overall crime is up 28.6 percent over last year.

"A lot of these numbers are burglaries and larcenies from cars," said Zikuski. "Don't leave valuables in your cars that people can see, and lock your car."

Zikuski gave City Council an update Monday night on the department's progress in stopping crime.

He compared this past May's numbers with statistics from a year ago.

Violent crime is up 31.8 percent with property crime up 28.2 percent.

Zikuski said one reason the numbers are so high is because of a decrease in manpower.

"It's a difficult ball to juggle, but the department, most of the guys, understand it," said Zikuski. "They're cooperating. They're out there doing their job the best they can going from call to call."

He said his staff numbers are down because of a retirement incentive a number of officers decided to take, but ranks should be back up with the new batch of officers in the police academy.