Juvenile Crime Rates on the Rise

By Michelle Costanza

Juvenile Crime Rates on the Rise

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Juvenile crime has been on the rise in downtown Binghamton, and authorities are stepping up to cut it back.

City council members during a work session Monday night sought a plan to keep the city safe and maintain it as a top priority.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski noted the problem of juvenile crime has become more prevalent and council members agreed that a few extra sets of eyes and ears could help.

"We need to start looking at some innovative solutions and trying to figure out what we are going to do about this very serious problem," said City Council President Teri Rennia.

Rennia says the the conversation has only just begun and the city will be further discussing ways to supplement patrols in upcoming meetings.

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