Malloy: Crime in Connecticut drops to lowest level in decades
September 29, 2017
While still struggling to get a budget in place, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday took credit for a significant drop in crime, including the lowest number of murders in the state since 1969.
The 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Statistics report released Monday shows that murders and manslaughters decreased 33 percent in the state from 2015 to 2016, bucking a national trend.
There were 78 murders and non-negligent manslaughters in the state in 2016, a substantial decrease from 2015 when there were 116. The governor said the 33 percent decrease was the largest in the country, which saw an 8.6 percent increase in homicides.
Bridgeport’s low number of killings last year takes jump in 2017.
Murders in Park City
2016 — total10
2017 — so far this year20
“Because of smart, data driven policies and reforms to our criminal justice system, we have made Connecticut neighborhoods safer than they have been in nearly two generations,” Malloy said in a statement. “As fewer people commit crimes and become incarcerated, we are not only improving communities but also saving taxpayer dollars and allowing the state to better focus our resources on education and social services.”
In Middletown, both violent and property crime increased. There were six more violent crimes reported in 2016 compared to 2015 which equated to a 9 percent increase. There were 200 more property crimes in 2016, as 28 percent increase.
State Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, Mike Lawlor said in 2016, there were 72,787 crimes reported statewide (of the ones tracked by the FBI). That number peaked in in 1990 at 177,068.
In 2010, the total was 88,342,
representing an 18 percent decline during Malloy’s six years in office, he said. Reported violent crime declined even more — 20 in the same period.
Malloy and his staff credited law enforcement officials, social workers, teachers and judicial workers for the decline.
“This report highlights how Connecticut’s anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives are working to make residents and communities safer,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, also in a statement.
In Bridgeport, murders dropped from 19 in 2015 to 10 in 2016, while reported violent crime increased by 12 percent, according to data from the FBI report.
But so far in 2017 — and it is only September — there have been 20 homicides in Bridgeport.
Meanwhile, in 2016, reported burglaries dropped 18 percent, while thefts of vehicles increased 13 percent.
Nationally, violent crime rose in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, but remained near historically low levels, the FBI data shows.
The Trump administration immediately seized on the figures as proof the nation is in the midst of a dangerous crime wave that warrants a return to tougher tactics like more arrests and harsher punishments for drug criminals. But criminologists cautioned the new numbers may not indicate the start of a long-term trend, noting violent crime rates remain well below where they were a quarter-
Still, the FBI said it was the first time violent crime rose in consecutive years in more than a decade.
Violent crimes such as shootings and robberies rose 4.1 percent in 2016 from the year before, with homicides climbing 8.6 percent, according to the figures. Violence increased 3.9 percent in 2015, while killings jumped by more than 10 percent.
“This is a frightening trend that threatens to erode so much progress that had made our neighborhoods and communities safer — over 30 years of declines in crime are being replaced by increases,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week during a speech in Boston. “We cannot accept this as the new normal.”
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