June 20, 2012 |
The violence was shocking, even for a community as crime-jaded as Chester: four fatal shootings in eight days, one of the victims a 2-year-old boy. Delaware County's only city declared a monthlong state of emergency. Just hours after it was lifted, yet another man was shot to death. That was two years ago, during the area's hottest summer on record. "We don't want that going on again," said Chester resident Jonathan King, president of the antiviolence activist group Brothers of Concern.
October 6, 1991 |
Matthew Hill was discovered dead inside his Plymouth Meeting condominium in September 1990. His decomposed body lay on the floor against a stereo cabinet, where police later theorized he had struck his head during a struggle with his homosexual lover. The death of the 66-year-old retired Philadelphia schoolteacher stunned the community and led to the arrest of Julian Bond Davis, 23, of North Philadelphia. Hill was one of 16 homicide victims in Montgomery County in 1990, according to recent crime statistics from the Pennsylvania State Police.
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 4 million in 2010 to 5 million last year.
September 20, 2006 |
When it comes to violent crime among America's largest cities, Philadelphia is the worst, the FBI reported this week. However, when overall crime, which includes nonviolent offenses such as burglary and theft, is considered, the city drops to No. 5, while Dallas tops the list. On Monday, the FBI released 2005 crime statistics showing that from 2004 to 2005, the violent-crime rate in the United States increased 1.3 percent, while property-crime rates decreased 2.4 percent. In Philadelphia, last year violent crime was up 3.4 percent, including a 15 percent increase in homicides.
December 13, 2007 |
Lambasted early this year for Philadelphia's rising crime rate, Mayor Street is on the verge of handing off the city to Michael Nutter with all forms of violent crime in retreat. After four years of increases, reported violent crimes were down 8 percent as of Sunday, according to statistics compiled by the Police Department. Homicides were 1 percent behind the figure for the same period last year; 2006's total was the highest in nine years. Shootings were down 14 percent. Robberies with a gun were down 12 percent.
May 26, 1989 |
Violent crime rose by 9 percent last year in New Jersey, significantly outpacing the nation, with the number of murders jumping by 17 percent, according to statistics released yesterday by Gov. Kean. Camden County experienced the second highest number of the 408 murders committed in the state with 40, up by 12 over 1987. Thirty-one of those murders occurred in the city of Camden. Essex County led the state with 154 murders, with 117 of them committed in Newark. Overall, the crime rate in New Jersey rose by only 1 percent last year.
January 5, 2010
Like other big cities', Philadelphia's murder rate and other violent crimes dropped last year despite a poor economy and increased unemployment that - in past recessions - might well have driven more people to crime. The city has recorded fewer murders for the second year in a row under Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who has proven to be one of Mayor Nutter's best moves. The drop in crime also makes the job slightly easier for new District Attorney Seth Williams, who yesterday pledged at his swearing-in to get "smarter on crime.
June 22, 1991 |
Violent crime in New Jersey increased for the third year in a row in 1990, with the more than 50,000 violent incidents the highest number ever reported by police, according to a state police study released yesterday. Violent crime was up 6 percent in 1990 over the previous year, continuing an increase from 1989 when murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies and other violent crimes increased 5 percent over 1988. Last year's rise was less than the national increase of 10 percent, according to the New Jersey State Police's annual Uniform Crime Report.
January 2, 2013 |
When Mayor Nutter took office in 2008, he set some audacious goals for ending Philadelphia's long run as one of the nation's most violent big cities. Within two years, homicides had dropped by nearly a quarter and shootings by more than 15 percent. But the flush of early success has since been tempered by the city's toughest streets, where violent crime has proven once again to be deeply rooted. Progress in recent years has been more incremental. And with homicides - the most closely watched barometer of crime - ground has been lost.