Calls for discussion to lower crime in Niagara Falls

Attack on elderly woman in broad daylight reignites crime conversation

Mike Baggerman
April 23, 2019 - 12:22 pm

Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. April 23, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - Crime in Niagara Falls is not a new development but  City Councilman Bill Kennedy said "enough is enough" after an elderly woman was assaulted in front of DiCamillo Bakery in broad daylight recently.

"I will literally blow up with rage if I continue to talk about it," Kennedy said while acknowledging that the city needs to do something to address crime in the community. "I feel like everybody gets together, we talk about it, then it's onto the next thing and we forget where we're at."

Kennedy doesn't blame Niagara Falls Police or even cameras that were installed along Pine Avenue last year for the violent crimes. He admitted he doesn't know the answers, be it a state of emergency or an increase in patrols, but said he plans to bring all sorts of officials across the region to find a solution for crime.

According to the latest FBI's violent crime statistics, there were 544 violent crimes in Niagara Falls in 2017. Crime in Niagara Falls is trending down since its 2012 peak of 619 violent crimes. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. In Niagara Falls, one in 89 people are reported victims of a violent crime. In comparison, one in 98 people are victims of a violent crime in Buffalo. Across New York State, one in every 357 people are victims of a violent crime. 

"This is not just about Pine Avenue, this is about the entire City of Niagara Falls," he added. "We have incidents on a regular basis. Even the other day, 18th and Michigan, a stabbing. There's things that happen on the North End constantly. I'm here to represent the entire city, not just Pine Avenue."

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