New Haven Public Safety Statistics Show Crime Down, But Challenges Remain
New Haven: The most recent 2007 public safety statistics for the City of New Haven, through the month of March, show that overall crime dropped 6% with non-violent crime decreased by 9 percent and violent crime up approximately 2.8%. In large part, the drop in crime can be attributed to substantial decreases in the number of homicides, larcenies, and robberies.
“Our police department has done a good job cracking down on property crime and improving public safety,” said Mayor John DeStefano. “Our efforts to curb violence through our street workers outreach program and other programs to strengthen community relationships with the police department are very promising. We are pleased to experience a 100% reduction in homicides. At the same time, the increase in some areas of violent crime, including gun violence, is unacceptable, and that’s why we have taken aggressive action. We certainly acknowledge the challenges that are still ahead but will continue to work diligently to ensure a dramatic decrease in crime, making New Haven the safest city in Connecticut.”
Homicides rates have decreased 100 percent this quarter when compared to the same period of time in 2006. The significant reduction in homicides demonstrates a drop from 5 murders in this quarter last year to the city not experiencing any homicides in 2007. Further, larceny rates have decreased by 18 percent and robbery by 7 percent. While overall violent crime is down, incidents of assault, including non-lethal shootings are up from 175 to 197 (an increase of 12 percent).
Several policing initiatives are under way to address the city’s crime problem including:
o Increased police manpower – more officers, consistent deployment in all districts,
o Gun Seizure initiatives which have resulted in the elimination of 47 guns from New Haven’s streets in the past three months
o State Urban Violence and Cooperative Crime Control Task force working to create climate of zero tolerance for guns
o truancy initiatives between police & schools aim to reduce youth violence
o Street outreach workers program
o Mentor New Haven – which pairs mentors with youth at Open Schools and Youth @ Work sites – will work to sign up 200 more adult volunteers.
o The City will also continue to fund its youth employment program, which employed more than 1,200 teens last year.
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