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      Capital City crime is down

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Recent reports show that overall crime in the Capital City is down.

      First quarter numbers released by the Columbia Police Department on Monday showed that violent crimes are down nearly 30 percent so far this year.

      Acting Chief Ruben Santiago gives credit to a method they practice called Intelligence Led Policing.

      "It's looking at crime patterns in clusters and algorithms and it's not a new concept, but it's a concept that we've enhanced by using new technology," said Santiago.

      This type of technology helps law enforcement maximize their strengths while working smarter, not harder.

      "Instead of the traditional style of policing where you had a beat a certain officer in a certain area," said Santiago. "We're being more proactive and aggressive when it comes to crime, so as soon as a hot spot pops up we're immediately flooding that area with resources."

      In the first quarter, homicides were down 100 percent, armed robberies down 36 percent, aggravated assault dipped 25 percent and sexual assault down 15 percent.

      While technology is a driving force when it comes to cutting down crime, Chief Santiago said that the community plays a major role in fighting crime.ã??