Violent crime continues a downward trend in the city of Saginaw. Police Chief Bob Ruth said his officers can’t do it by themselves, and gives credit to many law enforcement agencies and neighborhood groups working together. Ruth said that team effort meant there were no murders in the city of Saginaw from June 1 through August 31.
He said the number of shootings is also down, and credits the decline in crime with the fact many businesses are installing security cameras. Ruth said some businesses are reluctant to spend the money for cameras, but the city is considering a possible ordinance requiring them, and giving police access to the tapes in case of a robbery or other crime.
Ruth said State Police detectives are making good progress in solving the city’s latest murder, outside Dom’s Food Market on N. Michigan on September 8. Ruth said as long as there are gangs, drugs and money there will be shootings and murders.