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    Crime Rate Rises

    August 2, 2002
    Copyright © 2002 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
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    SAN JUAN
    (AP) — Type I crimes increased by 10,000 (or 23.5%) as of July 31, compared with the 42,627 crimes that were reported by the Police Department for the same period last year.

    Police Superintendent Miguel Pereira said he was not surprised by the data because he had already predicted last December that a 20% increase would occur, allegedly due to the correction of deficiencies in the way the statistics had been compiled.

    "The Police is committed to clearing up the crimes, and I had already said it would be a 20% increase [in the crime rate], which makes the increase a real one," said the government official in published reports.

    Pereira had also anticipated in December that he would measure the Police Department’s efficiency based on increasing the clearing up rate, but those statistics–that had been informed for several months were not available.

    According to the statistics, as of July 31 2002, there had been 421 murders, which represents a decrease of 21 cases, 134 rapes, an increase of 34 cases; 5,649 robberies, an increase of 790 complaints. 1,881 cases of aggravated assault, an increase of 466 complaints.
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