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No reason for alarm

June 7, 2012
The Leader Herald

Readers in recent weeks have been reminded of violent incidents in Fulton County.

Among the examples:

Last month, a woman was shot in the torso with a rifle in an apartment in Gloversville and survived. Police say witnesses said the shooting was an accident. The case is still under investigation.

Earlier in May, a jury convicted a Brooklyn man of shooting a Gloversville resident in his apartment last August. The victim was injured but recovered.

Earlier this year, three men, including the victim in the August shooting, were convicted for their roles in the shooting of a man in front of Naif's Discount Beverage and Tobacco store on Main Street in Gloversville last fall. The victim of that shooting also survived.

On Monday, the body of a Mayfield woman was found off Tyrrell Road in Mayfield. Her husband has been named a "person of interest" in the suspicious death, although, as of this morning, no one had been charged in the woman's death and no determination has been made on whether the death is a homicide.

After the discovery of the body, some local residents have expressed concern about violence in Fulton County.

We see no reason for alarm, at least not now.

The county is no hotbed of violence. According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Fulton County - which has a population of about 55,000 - had 61 violent crimes last year, for a rate of 109.6 crimes per 100,000 people. That rate is much lower than rates in most other counties in the state. In comparison, Albany County had a rate of 379 per 100,000, Oneida County had a rate of 231.8 and Schenectady County had a rate of 438.2.

In violent crimes involving firearms, Fulton County had 14, for a rate of 25.2 per 100,000 people - again, a lower rate than that of many other New York counties. As examples, Columbia County had a rate of 26.8 per 100,000 and Albany County had a rate of 64.1.

The number of adult arrests for violent crimes has fluctuated over the past 10 years in Fulton County. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 41 adult arrests for violent crimes in 2002, 57 in 2004, 70 in 2007, 85 in 2010 and 45 in 2011.

The statistics show no obvious trend toward violence in Fulton County.

That's not to say crime is no issue in the county and the Glove Cities, but residents can take some comfort in knowing they still live in a relatively low crime area.



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