BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has issued a written statement regarding the recent spike in homicides in the city.

In the statement, the mayor states that the city is safer than it has been in decades. However, over the weekend the total number of homicides went from 12 to 16, which is greater than the total for all of 2009.

The mayor noted that the number is still far less than the high in the 1990s when the total spiked to 63 in a year.

Mayor Finch is scheduled to meet with community groups to discuss how to decrease violence on the streets.