Where were you in 1967? Me, I was -21 years old. So, I wasn’t around for that era. But, according to the U.S. Census data on crime, it was a relatively peaceful time in CT.
Darien Daily Voice reports that Connecticut also saw the lowest amount of murders since 1969. These numbers came from the FBI’s state-by-state crime report.
Since 2011, though, crime deteriorated by a whopping 18 percent. As for the violent-sort of crimes, that number dipped by a resounding 20 percent.
Honestly, that’s a wonderful statistic to see considering all the bad we see in the press on the daily. It’s nice to know that our state is a little bit safer now than it was a few years ago. Or 50 years ago!
Obviously, Governor Dannel Malloy celebrated the good news;
“Because of smart, data driven policies and reforms to our criminal justice system, we have made Connecticut neighborhoods safer than they have been in nearly two generations. As fewer people commit crimes and become incarcerated, we are not only improving communities but also saving taxpayer dollars and allowing the state to better focus our resources on education and social services.”
Interesting point to touch upon the incarceration rate. It’s no secret that prisoners are expensive. Actually, Connecticut spends the most money on its prisoners out of any other state.
CT Post reports that the state spends $41,364 a year PER prisoner. As of 2016, the state had an average of 9,557 inmates behind bars.
But, what about the people who work hard every day to keep our streets safe and the bad guys locked away? Well, Malloy threw them a bone, too:
“The data presented in today’s federal report could not have been possible without the hard work of our state and local police officers, probation and parole officers, correctional officers, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, teachers, substance abuse and mental health professionals, and community advocates – each working every day to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family, and I thank them for their service.”
Now, if only he could use the money we save on prison expenses to hire more state troopers. Our Governor did lay off about 87 officers in May…
Obviously, they’re doing something right if our overall crime statistics are really that low.
One of the worst crimes, murders, fell by 32.8 percent, declining from 78 in 2016 and 116 in 2015. That’s the fewest amount of murders in 48 years. Because of that, Connecticut saw the lowest amount of murders than any other state in 2016.
Index crimes (such as arson, aggravated assault, murder, and other severe crimes,) fell by 25.9 percent between 2008 and 2016. In that time, property crime fell by 26 percent.
Rape also declined, falling by 4.4 percent since last year. However, rape and sexual assault tend to be one of the most underreported crimes. So, that number could be disputed despite it showing a promising turn of events.
Property crime also slid by about 1.4 percent while larcenies fell by 2.8 percent from last year. As for burglaries, they went down, too. They fell a total 2.3 percent.
Anyways, you can see the full FBI statistics and subsequent breakdown HERE.
So, it begs to ask, what’s going on in CT? Is it the gun laws? Or maybe with more people moving out, there’s less people to steal from and harm? Or, are millennials killing the crime industry, too?
What do you think is causing this shift?