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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Police Chief James Craig says improved police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns should be credited for a drop in some crime this year.

The Detroit News reports Wednesday the city has seen 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings.

Craig says: "Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon."

The newspaper's report comes after a Detroit TV news crew took cover and called police Monday after an 88-year-old robbery victim they were trying to interview fired a shot at them. No one was injured. The man was taken away by police in handcuffs.

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