Violent crime – especially murders – edged up in Reading last year, Police Chief William M. Heim told City Council on Wednesday.
In 2012, he said, murders rose 25 percent from 2011.
Still, Heim said, the city has nowhere near the crime levels it did in 2004 when it reported 1,116 incidents of violent crime. The 2012 statistics showed 828 incidents.
And the number of people shot also dropped, to 57 last year from 65 in 2011. The high was 109 people shot in 2002.