April 5, 2013 |
PHILLY'S HOMICIDE rate is raising some eyebrows - but this time, it's for all of the right reasons. From the start of the year through Wednesday night, 54 homicides were recorded, a 39 percent drop from the same period a year ago, according to police statistics. Shootings were down 20 percent, from 274 to 218, and overall violent crime fell 9 percent through March 31, the last date for which those figures were available. For a city that has long been haunted by stubbornly high homicide tallies, the lower figures represent an encouraging sign of progress.
February 16, 2013 |
Neighborhood watch members and other vigilant residents will now be able to view up-to-date municipal and county crime data in a new State Police online tool. The State Police's Uniform Crime Reporting Unit, which compiles an annual state crime report, will update the site weekly, allowing visitors to scan data for both violent and nonviolent crimes, including from the previous year, to track trends. "For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area," Col. Rick Fuentes, New Jersey State Police superintendent, said Friday in a news release.
February 7, 2013 |
Police this morning continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a would-be robber last night by the owner of a Tacony deli store. The shootout happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Anna's Deli on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue. Police say a 19-year-old man approached the deli's cash register, armed with a 9 mm handgun. He then fired two shots at the store owner's wife. That's when the deli owner, identified as a 55-year-old man, emerged from the back of the store with a 9 mm handgun and shot the would-be robber in the chest, according to police.
December 14, 2012 |
Want a rundown on crime in your neighborhood over the last day? Are you a techie who can write code to display a digital map of gun crime in Philadelphia? Are you a scholar who wants to analyze crime trends year after year? All of this is now doable under a public-information initiative rolled out Wednesday by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and top information officials of the Nutter administration. Now anyone with a browser can look at maps showing crime in the city over the previous 30 days at http://www.phila.gov/map . The display will update daily.
October 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday. Meanwhile, the total number of property crimes reported to law enforcement agencies went down 0.5 percent to 9 million, the ninth consecutive year that figure has fallen. Property crimes resulted in estimated losses of $156.6 billion. The latest declines mark the continuation of a nearly two-decade drop in crime levels - a trend that almost no one in the field of criminology predicted, said Professor John Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon Heinz College.
October 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic experts said the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the long decline in crime. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Wednesday that the increase in the number of violent crimes was the result of an upward swing in simple assaults, which rose 22 percent, from four million in 2010 to five million last year.
April 2, 2012 |
The 39-year-old man shot to death in Chester on Thursday was the city's fifth homicide victim of 2012, and another sign that Delaware County's most beleaguered community can be a dangerous place. "Your chances of being a victim of violence while living in Chester are astronomically higher than if you live in Philadelphia," said Andrew Schiller, founder of Location Inc., a data-mining firm that markets to real estate companies and that last month listed Chester as the country's second-most dangerous city.
December 2, 2011
Philadelphians can point with pride at the city's brilliant program that replaces the tires, mattresses, and weeds on vacant lots with freshly mowed lawns, trees, and wooden fences. Philadelphia LandCare has raised property values and sparked investment in forgotten neighborhoods. Now, there's research showing it has also helped cut violent crime and may improve health. An epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Charles Branas, is the lead author on a study connecting blight and crime.
October 7, 2011
DATA IS the new black. So color us surprised that of all agencies, SEPTA is ahead of the fashion curve by offering its data to software developers and helping to sponsor a "hackathon" this weekend in which software developers will try to develop useful applications for the transit system. Actually, what's also trendy is the notion that "hacking" is losing its bad-boy image for destruction and becoming a useful tool for the public good. Like similar hackathons held around the city, SEPTA's is a "civic coding event" that gets smart people in a room for a limited time to find technical solutions to problems.
April 3, 2011 |
Twenty-nine minutes after investigators headed to a fatal shooting in Camden, another homicide was reported two miles across town. Then a fire erupted. While not a typical evening for a city the size of Camden, the chaos that night last month underscored the seriousness of losing police officers, medics, and firefighters who had been laid off because of a budget deficit. An analysis of newly released crime statistics, however, shows that overall violent crime in Camden is trending downward, despite an increase in gun violence.