NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The streets of Norfolk are safer this morning, according to new crime statistics.

New statistics is showing a a steep drop in crime, in some cases a double-digit drop.

According to a presentation that Norfolk has prepared for city council, violent crime like murders, aggravated assaults and rape dropped 15 percent in the first six months of 2017, compared to last year.

Last year around this time, there were 30 homicides in the city versus 18 this year.

Police Chief Larry Boone tells our partners at The Virginian Pilot that thanks to some new strategies to fight gun and gang violence, fewer people have been shot and killed this year. Chief Boone says investigators are going after known gang members and violent criminals who have warrants for their arrests.

Chief Boone's presentation reports there were 44 shootings in the first four months of this year, versus 69 last year.

Boone says it's good news that the city is seeing a drop in violent crimes, but he does admit the summer time when the city sees a spike is just beginning.

The chief plans to share this information with city council on Tuesday night.

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