Toward the end of the year, everyone’s out with data on just about everything.

Today I read about the number of murders going down in many major US cities, this year.

Year-to-date, at least.

Unfortunately, some cities have experienced increases.

Historic low in NYC, Chicago homicides – By Colleen Long, Associated Press

City — 2007 — 2006

Boston — 66 murders — 73 murders;
New York City — 484 murders — 582 murders;
Chicago — 435 murders — not available, but lowest since 1965;
Miami — 79 murders — 86 murders;
Atlanta — 126 murders — 111 murders;
Philadelphia — 390 murders — 401 murders;
Phoenix — 207 murders — 214 murders;
Baltimore — 280 murders — 276 murders (all of 2006);
Newark — 98 murders — 106 murders;
Dallas — 200 murders — 175 murders.

At the beginning of this year, it looked as though all US cities were going to endure more murders (and, presumably, more other violent crimes). Fortunately, it looks as though it never happened.

The big question is, of course, what happens if the economy goes sour? Bad times bring desperate people.

(Oh, in case you forgot or are just joining us, Boston had only 31 homicides in 1999, the lowest number recorded in the city, ever.)

Comments

comments

Call Now