December 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police efforts, including the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, and Bloomberg said the statistics showed "that the safest big city in America is safer. " So far, there have been 414 homicides citywide this year, 19 percent less than last year and the fewest since reliable record-keeping for killings began in 1963.
December 4, 2012 |
Norristown is home to two unfortunate trends - violent crime and witness silence. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono are hoping that a $5,000 reward will prod people who may have information in the slaying of Ryan Ladson-Singleton to talk to authorities. Ladson-Singleton, 21, was found in the early morning of Oct. 20 on a Norrsitown sidewalk on Green Street after being shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with an autopsy finding he had died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
November 27, 2012
By Enrique Peña Nieto Both Mexico and the United States held presidential elections this year, and the results offer an opportunity to redirect our relationship. The U.S. election demonstrated the growing demographic bonds that connect our countries' futures. The election in Mexico heralded a new style of governing based on pragmatism. To build a more prosperous future, we must continue strengthening our deep economic, social, and cultural ties. It is a mistake to limit our relationship to drugs and security concerns.
November 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation's capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation's "murder capital. " At the time, some feared the murder rate might ascend to more frightening heights. But after approaching nearly 500 slayings a year in the early 1990s, the annual rate has gradually declined to the point that the city is now on the verge of a once-unthinkable milestone.
November 20, 2012
By Jerry Ratcliffe That Camden broke its homicide record with the 59th killing of the year on Friday comes as no surprise to anyone who has been tracking this grim statistic. People will no doubt point fingers at police leadership or the city's dire economic situation. But Camden's unprecedented murder rate is a result of a lack of investment in policing and crime deterrence. Crime in America is no longer driven predominantly by economic hardship. Contrary to public and media perceptions, crime generally decreases when the economy struggles.
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 26, 2012
Research shows that children who get an early start in life with a good education are more likely to become law-abiding adults. So a campaign by law enforcement and school officials in the region and around the nation to support early education programs makes good sense on several fronts. The "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids" campaign - which advocates more support and funding for early learning as a critical crime-fighting tool - took District Attorney Seth Williams to Penn Alexander School Tuesday.
October 24, 2012 |
Law enforcement, city, and school officials think they know a way to reduce crime in Philadelphia: Invest more in high-quality preschool programs. "If we're going to be serious about stopping the gun violence in our city, not only do we have to arrest the people who pull the triggers, we have to do all that we can to start kids from starting along that path," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday. Williams, Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., and other local officials are expected to underscore that point Tuesday, when they gather at the Penn Alexander School to read to Head Start students and tout a just-released report about the connection between preschool programs and crime reduction.
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.
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.