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Detroit — Although crime is down in the city, the fear of crime is still pervasive, and a Detroit Police commissioner is hosting a forum to allow residents to discuss their concerns.

“Although economically the city of Detroit is on the comeback road, there are some individuals who have not gotten the memo,” said Commissioner Willie Burton, host of the Removing Crime Neighborhood Resource Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at Second Baptist Church at 441 Monroe in Greektown.

The forum will give residents “updates on the state of the city, and ... tips for staying safe,” a flier for the event said.

Burton represents the city’s 5th District, which includes the eastern edge of downtown and parts of the city’s east and west sides.

Crime has dropped citywide in most categories this year through May 24, according to Detroit Police statistics, although homicides are up 21 percent from the same period last year, when the city had the fewest number of murders since 1967.

Sexual assaults have represented the biggest drop: 32 percent below last year’s total year-to-date. Robberies are down 17 percent, with the sub-category of carjacking down 19 percent. Aggravated assaults are up 3 percent, but overall violent crime is down 4 percent from the same period last year.

Non-violent crimes also are down significantly, with burglaries down 31 percent, and vehicle theft down 26 percent. Total property offenses have dropped 18 percent.

For more information about the forum, call (313) 596-1804.

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