By Sherea Harris
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Homicides, rapes, and robberies are all considered violent crimes. They are happening less often in Birmingham.
Police say violent crimes are down from 20 to nearly 50 percent in the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year.
Chief A.C. Roper contributes the decline to a greater police presence because more officers have been hired.
He also says there are new efforts to solve and deter crime, which includes a city-wide task force.
"That's twenty-eight officers moving all over the city fighting crimes," said Chief Roper. "We've also implemented a crime reduction team which is a separate group of officers which focus is to go after violent criminals."
However, Roper is still bothered by the city's murder rate, though the numbers are down.
"So many of these young men who are killed leave children behind who grow up without fathers," Roper added.
He says the city still faces some challenges. Aggravated assault is a violent crime. They are up right now as well as property crimes.