In the Sunday edition of the CT Post, reporter Dan Tepfer chronicles election-year challenges to secure crime statistics from the Police Department as public safety emerges as a key issue in the race for mayor. OIB has received a copy of the official police report that shows crime overall is down the first six months of 2015 from the first six months of 2014, but also punctured by an increase in violent crime such as murders and incidents of shootings during the same period. Violent crime is on the rise in many cities across the country compared to last year.
The number of murders so far this year is 11, more than double that at the same period last year. For comparison’s sake, below are the numbers for first six months this year to last year. So the respective periods end June 30 to reflect six months and do not account for the month of July. According to police statistics, overall crime is down by nearly 18 percent, the rub is violent crime increases that show major spikes in murders and shooting incidents.
The Police Department breaks down crime into seven major categories: murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, felony larceny and motor vehicle thefts. When all major areas are combined, police stats show a reduction in crime. The major area of concern, however, violent crime, is up from last year.
Citywide crime comparison first six months of 2015 from 2014, according to official Police Department statistical incidents:
2015 Murder, 8; 2014 Murder, 2
2015 Rape, 32; 2014 Rape, 34
2015 Robbery, 207; 2014 Robbery, 238
2015 Felony Assault, 115; 2014 Felony Assault, 106
2015 Burglary, 368; 2014 Burglary, 447
2015 Felony Larceny, 36; 2014 Felony Larceny, 76
2015 Motor Vehicle Thefts, 212; 2014 Motor Vehicle Thefts, 283
The Police Department breaks down the city geographically by East, West and Central. The major violent crime increase is Central that covers the public housing Trumbull Gardens Apartments that saw a spray of gunfire that victimized nine including one dead. The number of shooting victims in that area is up from 7 last year to 23 this year, according to police statistics.
The East section of the city has also experienced an increase in violent crime.
The West section that includes Black Rock and Brooklawn neighborhoods is the lowest crime rate.
As a general rule, geographically West covers everything west of Park Avenue to the Fairfield line; Central east of Park Avenue to the Pequonnock River and East outward to the Stratford line.