DETROIT — Police in Detroit say homicides and overall violent crime were down last year in the city.

Chief James Craig announced at a news conference Thursday that the 267 homicides committed in 2017 were 38 fewer than the previous year and the lowest since 1966 when there were 214.

Statistics also show carjackings dropped from 381 two years ago to 303 last year; rape from 593 to 587; nonfatal shootings from 957 to 842; and robberies from 3,080 to 2,596.

Property crime like burglaries and vehicle theft also were down last year from 2016.

Craig said his department is “not waving the flag of success, but there’s steady progress.”

Officials say having more officers on the street, cooperating with other police agencies and updated data gathering technology have helped reduce crime.

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