Irving: Officials hailed the continued drop in major crimes last year and Police Chief Larry Boyd said community policing, offender disruptions and targeted deployments to troublesome areas helped halt crimes. Thefts and aggravated assaults have dropped 30 percent in the past seven years, with steeper falls in burglaries and auto thefts. Only two murders were reported in 2013, down from nine in 2007. Drops in the overall crime rate shallowed out last year, including a slight increase in robberies, which are still down 30 percent from 2007.

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