Should You Worry About Fort Wayne's Homicide Rate? (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- How concerned should you be about your own safety, now that Fort Wayne is on pace to match or beat a record number of homicides?

A police department spokesman echoed what Chief Rusty York said months ago: If you're not connected to gangs, drugs or domestic violence, you don't need to worry.

Fort Wayne has seen 41 homicides so far this year -- with a record of 44. And the coroner has yet to rule on a few other death investigations.

Nearly every one of the city and county's 41 homicide victims has had mug shots of their own.

Officer Michael Joyner says when someone chooses to be involved in a life of crime, it greatly increases their risk for becoming a victim themselves.

And he's frustrated that young people are making that choice to live their lives that way.

He says there are obviously better ways to go.

“Get out of crime. Stop being foolish. You know what? There's jobs out there, there's opportunities to be employed. Stay in school, get your education. Develop goals, and you know what? Work towards them. Don't live day by day,” says Officer Michael Joyner.

He says criminals are killing each other, but it doesn’t make detectives' jobs any easier. It actually makes it more difficult because they have more cases to investigate.

Officer Joyner says all homicide victims deserve to have their killers brought to justice, no matter who they are.

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