Politics & Government

Recent rash of homicides mars first-half crime statistics

After a promising first half of the year that saw criminal activity down compared to 2010, a recent rash of homicides has turned that around.

FBI statistics released by the city Wednesday show a drop in homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft in the first six months of the year. But the first six weeks of the second half of the year tell a different story.

“At best, I think what we can take from these statistics is that we’re on a positive trend for the first six months,” said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. “But I think we can also see just how tenuous all this is. It’s a constant struggle. You have to remain vigilant or you will take steps backward.”

After having only four homicides in six months, the city has seen six in the last six weeks, which puts the city at 10, four ahead of last year at this point.

Last year started with five homicides in the first half, had six at this point and ended up with 16. (One of those victims was injured in 2010, but died as a result of those injuries in 2011.)

Similar to the recent homicidal rash was a four-week span around Labor Day last year that saw five homicides.

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