Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims

Let’s start with the  good news. According to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services crime rates in New York State are decreasing:

"While New York State’s crime rate has decreased over the past 10 years,
New York has also reported a significant reduction in the actual number
of crimes reported. The number of major crimes reported fell each year
since 2000, reaching the lowest levels ever recorded in 2007 before rising
slightly in 2008 and falling again in 2009. There were 135,956 fewer
crimes reported in 2009 than in 2000, while the population of the State
increased by half a million."

The bad news is that there is crime in our community. In Saratoga County the 2009 crime rates per 100,000 residents were:
 75 Violent (murder, rape, robbery)                      
1,238 Property  (burgulary, aggravated assault, vehicle theft)
And while crime rates seem like just a statistic, behind each of these statistics there lives a person or family that has suffered as a result of that crime. From a young mother killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, to a family that withstood years of domestic violence, to a child violated and forced from innocence by a sexual predator, to a single person living alone who is afraid in his/her home because it was recently burglarized… these are the people behind each crime statistic.    

Each year during Crime Victims’ Week the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office and the NYS Task Force for Crime Victims’ Rights coordinate a candlelight vigil to provide remembrance, reflection and healing for those whose lives have been shattered by criminal activity. The vigil includes:
Reflections from a Crime Victim Survivor
Presentation of Public Service Awards
Candle lighting Ceremony, and a     

Please join for the Crime Victims’ Candlelight Vigil us on Sunday April 10, 2011 at 4pm
at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church
24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs

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