September 26, 2016

Violent crime in Connecticut down, murder rate up

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Compared to the rest of the country, Connecticut had the second-largest decrease in violent crime between 2014 and 2015 by about a million incidents, or 8.5 percent. Connecticut experienced overall its lowest of number of crimes since 1967 and was one of just nine states that saw a drop in violent crime over the year.

However, the number of murders in the state increased by almost 32 percent, the 7th worst rank in the country.

Murder and manslaughter also climbed nationwide by 10.8 percent between 2014 and 2015. In that period, the estimated number of violent crime offenses increased 3.9 percent to 1.2 million.

In Connecticut, crime decreases included rape (2.6 percent), robberies (8.8 percent), and aggravated assaults (10.1 percent).

Connecticut’s changing crime totals and rates
Rate is per 100,000 residents.
Crime 2015 rank 2015 2014 % Change Change rank
Violent crime 16 7,845 8,575 -8.5% 2
Violent crime rate 6 218.5 238.5 -8.4% 2
Murder 18.5 117 89 31.5% 44
Murder rate 17.5 3.3 2.5 31.6% 43
Rape (revised) 14 773 794 -2.6% 8
Rape rate (revised) 2 21.5 22.1 -2.5% 10
Rape 14 582 579 0.5% 12
Rape rate 2 16.2 16.1 0.6% 15
Robbery 22 2,892 3,172 -8.8% 4
Robbery rate 27 80.5 88.2 -8.7% 4
Aggravated assault 15 4,063 4,520 -10.1% 1
Aggravated assault rate 5 113.1 125.7 -10.0% 2
Property crime 17 65,066 69,326 -6.1% 14.5
Property crime rate 7 1,812 1,929 -6.0% 20
Burglary 16 10,053 12,017 -16.3% 5
Burglary rate 4 280.0 334.3 -16.3% 5
Larceny 18 48,675 51,195 -4.9% 17
Larceny rate 7 1,356 1,424 -4.8% 21
Motor vehicle theft 19 6,338 6,114 3.7% 33
Motor vehicle theft rate 23 176.5 170.1 3.8% 34
FBI Uniform Crime Reporting 2015

Overall, officials said the total number of “index” crimes reported for Connecticut in 2015 is the lowest total since 1967.

At a national level, the violent crime rate in 2015 was 372.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, up 3.1 percent when compared with the 2014 figures.

The estimated number of property crimes in 2015 was about 8 million— a 2.6 percent annual decrease.

Among property crimes, burglary offenses fell 7.8 percent while larceny-thefts declined 1.8 percent. The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts increased 3.1 percent.

Overall, the 2015 property crime rate was 2,500 per 100,000, a 3.4 percent decrease.

Connecticut towns

Between 2014 and 2015, Brookfield, New Canaan, and Ridgefield had double the number of violent crime incidents. But the total violent crimes in those towns were 6, 2, and 2, respectively, so the percent change in small towns like that is misleading.

Hartford saw a 3 percent increase in violent crimes in 2015. Their rate exceeded all other towns in Connecticut at 114 per 10,000 residents.

Murders in Hartford also increased by almost 68 percent.

Hamden and New Britain saw declines in violent crime but increases in murders.