We're getting ready to hit the half-way point of the year, and crime in Mobile is down especially when you look at homicides
In Mobile murders have dropped 42 percent compared to this time last year. As of today there have been eight murders in Mobile. That's compared to 14 a year ago. The last one happened nearly two months ago when O'Brien Russell was shot to death.
The numbers of course are something heavily tracked by police chief Michael Williams. He says his department has been able to do more community policing and have an increased presence in high crime areas.
"We would rather have zero. We would rather have no homicides in the city, no robberies, no burglaries we would rather have that obviously," said Police Chief Michael Williams. "And whatever the reason is, whether it is good police work or the community has gotten more involved or the churches have gotten more involved we accept those decreases."
Of the eight homicides six have had arrests, last year 20 of the 29 murders had arrests.