Crime rate down in most Connecticut towns

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Violent crime in Connecticut’s largest towns dropped in 2014, according to Uniform Crime Reporting data released by the FBI on Monday.

Of cities with more than 100,000 residents, New Haven saw the largest drop in its violent crime rate from 125 incidents per 10,000 residents in 2013 to 105 in 2014.

A few dozen towns saw an increase in violent crime rate in that time period. However, towns with small populations tend to skew results when it comes to rates. The FBI discourages the ranking of cities with these crime statistics. These figures are self-reported from each individual police department with unique geographic and demographic characteristics in each jurisdiction.

Also, a recent justice department investigation revealed that the FBI’s published statistics missed nearly half of the people killed by local and state law enforcement officers every year for almost a decade.

New Britain, with a population of nearly 73,000, had one of the biggest increases in violent crime rate— from 36 to 44 incidents per 10,000 residents in 2014.

South Windsor saw an increase in arson reports. In 2013, there were no reports of arson, but in 2014 there were 24.

Connecticut reported 236.9 violent crimes per 100,000 persons in 2014, compared to 357.7 in the U.S., 322.5 in the Northeast and 287.2 in New England.

Other crime reductions in Connecticut include drops of 2 percent in the reports of larceny and motor-vehicle theft, 5.4 percent in murder, 8.3 percent in aggravated assaults, 11 percent in robbery and 12.2 percent in rape.

The 2014 crime rates for Connecticut’s largest cities mark the lowest they’ve been since the ’70s. The figures peaked in the early ’90s, matching the index across the country, but have since been in decline.

Look up the crime rate difference between 2014 and 2013 in the table below.

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  • bourqueman77

    I still won’t step foot in Hartford