ENDICOTT, N.Y. - The Chief of Endicott Police held a community discussion to show why Endicott is a lot safer than most people think.
Thursday night, Endicott Police Chief Pat Garey held a presentation at Union-Endicott High School where he laid out crime statistics from last year dating back to the mid 1980s.
Garey says residents feel Endicott is a hotbed for violent crime, but in reality, he says the biggest issue is nuisance and annoying residents, juveniles, drug use and property crime.
Last year, 74-percent of all reported calls were non-violent.
Garey says in 2016 there were 17 death investigations, but no murders.
In terms of larcenies and property crimes, many issues take place between people who know each other.
An overwhelming majority of those took place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. and victims were walking alone or in a poorly-lit area.
Garey says Endicott's biggest problem is the village's reputation.
"I think there's a perception problem about Endicott. People think it's a violent community and people who come here aren't safe. I thought it was important to get the word out about the real issues in Endicott and the perception versus the reality," said Garey.
Garey says criminals and drug dealers will not want to do business in Endicott if residents are out on the streets supporting the community.
Since taking over last year, Garey says patrols have been ramped up, especially around Washington Avenue, and more officers are on the street.
He says the Village will enforce low-level violations and offenses to make a statement that Endicott is not a place for any illegal activity.
In addition, a new team focusing on drugs and community enforcement will be implemented next month.
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